Manasquan receives $81K for police body cameras

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MANASQUAN — The borough accepted an $81,520 grant Monday night for the purchase of state-mandated police body cameras.

The total cost of the cameras is $150,599, including the grant and $69,079 from the borough. According to the resolution detailing the grant approval, the borough awarded a contract to Watchguard Video in the amount of $150,599 for the cameras.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law last November requiring every police officer in the state to wear a body-worn camera by June 1 of this year. The governor signed another law in January appropriating $58 million for grants to support the statewide initiative.

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Every municipality in New Jersey was able to apply for a grant to be used toward the purchase of body cameras.

According to the grant program, recipients of the body-worn camera grant were to be allotted a fixed dollar amount for each camera to be purchased, which will exceed the cost of each camera for ancillary equipment.

Amy Spera, the borough’s chief financial officer, said in April that the borough was planning on purchasing 40 cameras for the Manasquan Police Department.

The borough submitted the body-worn camera grant application to the state in April. The council also approved a bond ordinance in April appropriating $350,000 through the issuance of $332,500 in bonds or notes to provide partial funding for the cameras.

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