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NJ Transit equips police officers with body cameras

The cameras can help de-esclate situations and assist in evidence collection, according to NJ Transit.
Photo – New Jersey Transit's website

New Jersey Transit has issued body cameras for every member of its 263-member police force.

The cameras are aimed at providing additional transparency when officers interact with the public, NJ Transit spokeswoman Lisa Torbic said in an email.

The body-worn cameras also can help de-escalate situations, minimize confrontations, assist in evidence collection and reduce civilian complaints, Torbic added.

The cost of the body-camera program was nearly $2 million.

In January 2016, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority announced it also equipped its police force with body cameras.

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