Police Car camera mandate effective March 1

Chapter 54 of the Public Laws of 2014, signed by Governor Christie on September 10, 2014, will go into full force and effect on March 1, 2015.

As a reminder, this law requires that “Every new or used municipal police vehicle purchased, leased, or otherwise acquired on or after the effective date (that being March 1, 2015), which is primarily used for traffic stops shall be equipped with a mobile video recording system.”
The law goes on to define “mobile video recording system” to mean “… a device or system installed or used in a police vehicle or worn or otherwise used by an officer that electronically records visual images depicting activities that take place during a motor vehicle stop or other law enforcement action.”

In other words, the new mandate requires that whenever any traffic patrol vehicle, which will have been acquired on or after March 1, 2015, is in use, that vehicle must either:

  1. Be equipped with a video camera; or
  2. Be used by an officer wearing a body camera.

Please note that the new mandate does not apply to any vehicles acquired prior to March 1, nor to any officers using those vehicles.