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Rutgers University Police to Wear Body Cameras

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    Police on campus are trying out several new body camera for its officers. Brian Thompson Reports. (Published Tuesday, July 19, 2016)

    Rutgers University police will soon be wearing body cameras as they patrol campuses in Camden, New Brunswick, Piscataway and Newark.

    It comes as police nationwide are under a microscope, and in some cases, under attack.

    "I think it'll have a positive impact on our relations with the community," Chief Kenneth Cop said in an exclusive interview with NBC 4 New York. 

    Fourteen of the body cameras are being rolled out this week as part of the beta phase of their deployment. The rest will be mounted on officers by the time school starts at the end of the summer.

    Students generally seemed to like the idea, and most had high praise for the Rutgers police.

    For Sgt. Bryant Myers, a 17-year veteran of the Rutgers force, it's a chance to show the public transparency and the police department's professionalism.

    "One can get a chance to view the steps that we take," Myers said.

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