Bill Text: NJ S3191 | 2020-2021 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Makes supplemental appropriation of $30 million to certain law enforcement agencies for NJ Statewide Supplemental Body Worn Camera Program.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 6-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2020-11-16 - Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee [S3191 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2020-S3191-Introduced.html

SENATE, No. 3191

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

219th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED NOVEMBER 16, 2020

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  LINDA R. GREENSTEIN

District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)

Senator  JOSEPH P. CRYAN

District 20 (Union)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senators Singleton and Sarlo

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Makes supplemental appropriation of $30,000,000 to certain law enforcement agencies for NJ Statewide Supplemental Body Worn Camera Program.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


A Supplement to the Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations act, P.L.2020, c.97.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and the General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.  In addition to the amounts appropriated under P.L.2020, c.97, there is appropriated out of the General Fund the following sum for the purpose specified:

 

 

66 DEPARTMENT OF LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY

10 Public Safety and Criminal Justice

12 Law Enforcement

GRANTS-IN-AID

09-1020 Criminal Justice  ..............................................

$30,000,000

 

Total Grants-in-Aid Appropriation,                                                                                                 

$30,000,000

 

      Criminal Justice ..........................................................

 

Grants-in-Aid:

 

 

 

09 NJ Statewide Supplemental Body Worn Camera Program ................................................

($30,000,000)

 

 

 

The amount appropriated herein for the NJ Statewide Supplemental Body Worn Camera Program shall provide funding for the purpose of supporting law enforcement departments with existing body worn camera programs implemented prior to the effective date of P.L.    c.     (pending before the legislature as Senate Bill No. 101 or Assembly Bill No. 4312 of 2020). Any unexpended balance at the end of the 2021 fiscal year is to be carried forward and appropriated for the same purpose.

 

     2.  This act shall take effect on the first day of the seventh month after enactment.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This supplemental appropriation would appropriate $30,000,000 to the Department of Law and Public Safety toward Grants-in-Aid to establish a New Jersey Supplemental Statewide Body Worn Camera (BWC) program to support certain law enforcement departments.

     Specifically, this grant program will provide funding to law enforcement departments which have implemented BWC initiatives prior to the effective date of P.L.    c.     (pending before the legislature as Senate Bill No. 101 or Assembly Bill No. 4312 of 2020).

     BWC's consist of a mobile video recording system worn by a law enforcement officer. Due to ongoing incidents between police and communities nationwide, many law enforcement agencies throughout the State have purchased BWC equipment for law enforcement officers to ensure accurate documentation of both the citizen and the officer during an interaction. According to a recent survey conducted by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, there are a total of 239 State, county, and municipal agencies which have a BWC program with a total of 12,195 BWC's deployed.

     The cost for BWC equipment varies; however, the cost includes not only the initial purchase of the equipment, but also includes maintenance, data storage, oversight, and replacement due to wear and tear. Many law enforcement departments are experiencing the financial strain of continuing the BWC programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding will support those departments maintaining the practice of using the BWCs.

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