- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

New Jersey’s Acting Attorney General, John Hoffman, issued a directive to the state’s law enforcement agencies detailing rules for using police body cameras. About 30 departments use them now or are planning to start soon.

Details of the policy:

- Departments that use body cameras must have their own policies within 60 days, and they must comply with requirements of the state directive.

- Officers can be disciplined for failing to follow the departments’ policies on camera use.

- Only authorized, trained on-duty officers should use the cameras.

- Officers issued the cameras must make sure they’re working and that their batteries are charged.

- Departments must establish a body camera training program.

- Websites of departments that use the cameras should have notices that they are in use.

- Officers should notify crime victims and civilians inside their homes that they’re being recorded.

- Cameras should be used for situations including traffic stops; calls for service; well-being checks on residents and motorists; frisks for weapons; searches of any kind; arrests; transport to jail or police stations.

- Officers may turn off cameras when a civilian who is not deemed a threat requests that the recording be stopped during a conversation with the officer.

-Officers can turn off cameras while talking about criminal investigation strategies.

-Officers should generally stop recordings when they enter a school, hospital or place of worship.

- Police must keep video for at least 90 days.

- Recordings pertaining to criminal investigations should be kept like other evidence.

- Recordings pertaining to internal affairs investigations must be kept until the final resolution of the investigation.

- Recordings should be stored in a way that departments can locate them.

- Departments should tell county prosecutors of the state Division of Criminal Justice about subpoenas, court orders or public records requests for recordings.

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