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NJ STATE TROOPERS TO GET BODY CAMERASTRENTON - Building on a commitment to deliver the tools to maintain strong relation...


TRENTON - Building on a commitment to deliver the tools to maintain strong relations and trust between New Jersey law enforcement and the residents they serve, Governor Christie and his Administration announced important initiatives to strengthen community policing throughout New Jersey. These bold initiatives include $4 million in funding for a statewide body cameras initiative to fully equip New Jersey State Police troopers in the field and a grant program to provide funding for local police departments to acquire body cameras on a voluntary basis.

The Governor has long-spoken about the benefits of positive engagement and outreach by police in their respective communities and supported additional measures to bolster those types of good policing practices. Through this approach, the City of Camden has made critical progress in reducing crime and making local neighborhoods safer with a community policing plan that puts more officers on the streets, employs cutting edge crime technology and places greater focus on community outreach to curb violence.

“Across the country, we’ve seen what happens when distrust and distance between police and their communities result in situations that can quickly spiral out of control,” said Governor Christie. “In New Jersey we’re doing things differently and showing how engagement and relationship-building by officers in their communities make our neighborhoods safer and our law enforcement efforts more effective. Through that same type of work together, we are now strengthening those efforts with the use of body cameras by police that will bolster trust, and better provide for the safety and protection of residents and officers alike.”

Joined by representatives of law enforcement and from across New Jersey’s diverse communities, Acting Attorney General John Hoffman detailed how $4 million in funding for body cameras will fully equip the State Police and provide $2.5 million in grant funding to help local police purchase the equipment. In addition, Acting Attorney General Hoffman is issuing a statewide policy establishing guidance for proper use of the devices. While the aid and guidance will encourage statewide use of body cameras, the decision to acquire them is left to each local police department on a voluntary basis.

“Public confidence in our police officers is vital, and the way to maintain mutual respect and trust between law enforcement and our communities is through accountability – of police and civilians alike,” said Acting Attorney General Hoffman. “In addition to helping police gather evidence, body cameras will act as an objective witness in police-involved shootings and other use of force incidents, so that truth rules the day and not emotions, agendas or personal bias. By promoting transparency and ensuring impartial investigations of these incidents, we keep America’s promise of equal justice and we also help the officers who perform difficult and dangerous jobs every day.”

In developing the policies and initiatives, which also include commonsense revisions to the Attorney General’s directive and guidance for deadly use of force investigations, the Attorney General’s Office consulted with law enforcement stakeholders, including the county prosecutors, county chiefs of detectives, New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, New Jersey Asian-American Law Enforcement Officers Association, and Policemen’s Benevolent Association. The Attorney General’s Office also met with advocates, community leaders and clergy, including representatives of the NAACP, NJ Communities Forward, National Action Network, ACLU, Latino Alliance, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, and faith-based leaders of the African-American and Muslim communities.

New Jersey State Police Body-Worn Cameras
Under the plan, New Jersey State Police will purchase approximately 1,000 body cameras for state troopers. These will be the first body cameras deployed by the New Jersey State Police, and this initiative will enable the force to equip all troopers who are on the road at any given time. Currently, State Police have been using mobile video recorders in troop cars for a number of years, and the new body cameras will provide additional capacity to capture footage. The State Police will spend approximately $1.5 million for the cameras, related equipment and upgrades to their computer system for archiving the camera footage.

"We have been videotaping our motor vehicle stops for more than 15 years through the use of in-car dashboard cameras. Those recordings have immeasurably improved our ability to supervise and have been widely used during post-stop investigations. We are currently developing division protocols for the use of body worn cameras by our uniformed members with input from our unions and guidance from Acting Attorney General Hoffman's directive," said Colonel Rick Fuentes.

Body-Worn Camera Assistance Program

Additionally, the Attorney General’s Office is allocating $2.5 million in criminal forfeiture funds to assist local police departments to buy body cameras. Acting Attorney General Hoffman has authorized an offset of up to $500 for each body camera or camera “package,” including body camera and related equipment.
The decision to acquire body cameras is left to individual police departments and municipalities, but they likely will be influenced by state legislation that requires newly purchased patrol cars to be equipped with mobile video recording systems. Because the statutory requirement can be satisfied if an officer in the vehicle is wearing a body camera and because body cameras are more versatile, many police departments are expected to elect to acquire body cameras instead of dashboard cameras.

Police departments will apply for body camera assistance through their county prosecutors. Assistance available to each county will be capped at the following levels, based on total county population:
• Tier 1 counties (population up to 200,000): Cape May, Cumberland, Hunterdon, Salem, Sussex, and Warren – up to $75,000 per county;
• Tier 2 counties (population between 200,000 – 400,000): Atlantic, Gloucester, Mercer, and Somerset – up to $100,000 per county;
• Tier 3 counties (population between 400,000 – 600,000): Burlington, Camden, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, and Union – up to $125,000 per county;
• Tier 4 counties (population above 600,000): Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, and Monmouth – up to $150,000 per county.

To encourage and guide the growing deployment of body cameras, Acting Attorney General Hoffman issued a statewide policy to promote best practices and uniformity in using the devices. The new directive establishes foundational requirements while allowing individual police departments to tailor policies to local needs.
Directive Providing Commonsense Changes To Strengthen Use Of Force Investigations In New Jersey

Acting Attorney General Hoffman also issued a new directive to strengthen New Jersey’s already widely respected procedures for independent and impartial investigations of all police-involved shootings and deadly force incidents in New Jersey. These commonsense changes will increase transparency and enhance public trust in law enforcement and the justice system and include:
• Strengthening Comprehensive Conflict Checks In County Prosecutor Offices Within 72 Hours Of Any Deadly Force Incident.
• Requiring Mandatory “Walling Off” Of A Municipal Police Department When An Officer Of That Force Is The Subject Of An Investigation.
• Establishing Best Practices For Grand Jury Presentations.
• Providing A Public Statement At The Conclusion Of Any Use-Of-Force Investigations Not Resulting In Prosecution.

“New Jersey already was a model in the nation because of its rules ensuring that deadly force incidents involving police are thoroughly and fairly investigated,” said Director Elie Honig of the Division of Criminal Justice. “Now we’re raising the bar even higher in these cases by requiring a comprehensive review to eliminate any conflicts of interest and by excluding local police from any primary role in investigating their own officers. We’re also mandating best practices for related grand jury presentations.”



*******JOBS OPENING*******The United States Postal Service is looking to fill 450 positions and will be having a JOB FAI...

*******JOBS OPENING*******

The United States Postal Service is looking to fill 450 positions and will be having a JOB FAIR tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept. 15) at East Orange City Hall from 4-6pm.

Spread the word to anyone you know who is looking for work. It's open to everyone, not just East Orange residents.



NEWARK - PSE&G proposed to reduce residential natural gas bills this coming winter by 5.7 percent, saving customers almost $52 per year. In its annual filing with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, PSE&G said it would reduce its basic gas supply rate this winter to 40 cents from 45 cents – the lowest rate in 15 years. Also included in this filing is a small reduction to the Balancing Charge to 9.4 cents from 9.6 cents.

Including the proposed reduction, since January 2009 the state’s largest utility has decreased residential gas bills by 47 percent through supply rate reductions for an annual savings of $792 for PSE&G’s typical residential gas heating customer. In addition, customers have saved another $433 through bill credits since 2012.

As proposed, a typical residential heating customer using 165 therms in a winter month, and 1,010 therms per year, would see their annual bill reduced to $868 from $920, for a savings of $52 or approximately 5.7 percent. This same customer would see their monthly winter bill reduced to $138 from $147, for a savings of $9 or approximately 5.9 percent. The new rates would take effect October 1, 2015.

“The price of natural gas continues to be low, and we are pleased to once again pass these savings on to our residential customers during the next winter heating season,” said Jorge Cardenas, PSE&G vice president of asset management and centralized services. “In addition to purchasing gas from the nearby Marcellus Shale Formation, PSE&G has managed its portfolio of gas pipeline and storage agreements to lower gas costs for its residential customers and help keep winter heating bills affordable.” Cardenas said the price per therm of gas in 2009 was about $1 compared with the proposed 40 cents this winter.

PSE&G makes no profit on the sale of natural gas. The company passes along what it pays to customers. Costs for natural gas supply account for approximately half of a customer’s bill.

MAYOR BARAKA HOLDS “OCCUPY THE CITY” ANTI-VIOLENCE WALK IN ALL FIVE WARDS Residents met at five rallying points in each ...


Residents met at five rallying points in each ward and walked downtown to historic “Four Corners” at Broad and Market for anti-violence rally; Rapper-activist-actor Common joined Mayor and residents

NEWARK — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, actor-rapper-activist Common, and thousands of Newark residents united to “Occupy the City” on Saturday, meeting at five rallying points at 3:30 p.m. in each of Newark’s five wards and walking to the City’s historic downtown “Four Corners” at Broad and Market Streets, for an anti-violence rally.

Building on the success and support from Newark residents during his “Occupy the Block events, Mayor Baraka decided to host an “Occupy the City” event to unite residents from the entire City against despair, violence, and crime, and to promote love, hope, and empowerment. “Occupy the Block” is a community engagement tool modeled after the historic “Occupy” movement, which advocates social disruption of harmful or ineffective constructs. Residents marched to Broad and Market Streets, wearing specially-made purple t-shirts for the occasion, by the thousands.

In his remarks, the Mayor called upon residents to take action against violence in their neighborhoods by reporting incidents of crime to the police, organizing themselves and their neighbors as communities, and raising and mentoring their children.
“We need peace in our community. We need it now. No more silence! Stop the violence,” the Mayor said at the rally. “It’s not enough to be on Twitter and Facebook cursing people out. You have to get out into the street, and stop blaming people. How many kids have you talked to? How many kids have you mentored? How many organizations have you joined? What are you doing? Have you gone into your schools? Have you joined the PTA? Have you gone to School Board meetings?”

“Our kids should not have Chinese-made assault rifles. It’s easier to get a Chinese-made assault rifle in our community than a decent loaf of bread. Our children should not lie on our streets, dying in pool of their own blood, from bullets from a foreign-made assault rifle. Our children should not have to lie on the floor to avoid the bullets. Our children deserve to live in a safe neighborhood and grow up to be surgeons and doctors and Supreme Court justices,” he continued.

The Mayor also spoke directly to parents and guardians of children in attendance. “Do you talk to the child in your kitchen? Do you talk to the child in your living room? Do you talk to the child on your corner, wearing his pants down and a white t-shirt? You should be talking to him,” the Mayor said.

“These kids who are committing crimes are babies, 14 and 15 years old. They don’t pay taxes, they don’t vote, they don’t run this city, and they don’t bring jobs to community. They don’t decide who is the Superintendent of Schools or who the mayor is. So how are they in charge of your house, building, street, and block? You are the adults! You have to stand up straight,” the Mayor added.

Mayor Baraka called upon parents to set examples by using culture as a positive force, noting that while many parents use social media to complain about conditions in Newark, their neglected children are misbehaving and listening to music that preaches violence and destruction.

“Turn off that radio,” Mayor Baraka exhorted repeatedly. “They listen to songs that say ‘I got high last night’ and ‘murder, murder, murder.’ We need music that is positive. Teach your babies to sing positive songs at age 8, 9, and 10. We want them to sing at age 10: ‘I am beautiful on purpose and outstanding.’ Not that I’m going to shoot some dude on the corner. Put on songs that make babies love each other and make kids think they are big strong and powerful. Put on songs that say we can do anything we want to do and that we should love each other. If you don’t have it, I’ll give you my playlist. Listen to that in your house instead of complaining on Facebook about where are police at. They should be in your living room. Take responsibility. Culture is a weapon. It can be for us or against us. It is for us and kept us as a people from slave shouts to gospel, jazz to blues. The music that is going on is aiding in death and destruction of own children.

The Mayor also addressed pain in the community as a cause of violence. “We have to address the pain of hopelessness, poverty, unemployment, and death. We have to address the pain of destruction in community, of powerlessness, and of inequality. We have to address the pain our kids have, of having no money in pocket, having no clothes to wear to school for five days, and no food in the house when our kids get get home. We have to address the pain of having an older brother in jail or a youth being in jail at age 17 or having just got out of jail and not being able to get a job, or a driver’s license. We have to address the pain of being a crime victim. We have to address the pain of being 17 years old and can’t read.”

Mayor Baraka also called on residents to organize outside their homes. “When we leave here, what are you going to do? We didn’t come here just to make you feel good. When you go home, become part of a block association. If you haven’t got one, start one. If you have one, join it. Start a block watch. Patrol your neighborhoods. We need people to question people who are on the block who don’t live there. If you live on the block and don’t know your neighbors, that’s a problem. Ring doorbells and introduce yourselves.

The mayor also reminded attendees of the importance of speaking up, particularly when the criminals are known to or family members of community residents.
“People aren’t dropping these kids from helicopters or UFOs into neighborhoods. We know these kids. They’re related to you all. They are our sons and brothers. But instead of taking action, you hide them in your basement. You get them out of town. They cause havoc in the neighborhood in the neighborhood and you protect them. You don’t stop them. You don’t grab them up. You don’t tell on them. But then you’re on Twitter complaining about what the mayor should do when your son is out there creating havoc. You need to say something to hem. Pull them aside. Have a rally in your own living room and kitchen. Hold an ‘Occupy Your House’ rally,” he said.

“Open our mouths. No more silence. Tell. It’s over. When you tell, you’re not a snitch. It’s different. When you tell, you’re saying, ‘I’m not with you. I’m not part of what you’re doing. Being a snitch means ‘we’re together.’ Telling means you’re saying: ‘You don’t belong on my block, n-hood, you’re causing problems in the community, I’m calling police. We should all be telling. Then go to the next block, and make them tell, too.”

The Mayor also called upon state and federal agencies to replicate the Marshall Plan that rebuilt western Europe after World War II, aimed at America’s cities. “When we fought wars in other countries, we rebuilt their roads, give the money for police, and built hospitals, schools, and the whole infrastructure. Our cities and infrastructure are crumbling. We need new schools, hospitals, and roads. We need jobs. Not 100, or 1,000, but 5,000 to 10,000. We need this in Newark, and every city in country. We need it now.

“We must end poverty. It is the number one enemy. It is the worst form of violence. It is killing us. That is why we are fighting violence as a public health issue. Violence is a disease that spreads everywhere. It kills people. We all know mothers who have lost children to prison and shootings. We must treat it as a disease. No more silence. Stop the violence. We say we are human beings. We don’t deserve to die on sidewalks at age 13 or 14 years old.”


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