NAPD begins wearing body-worn cameras today

Axon 3 on an NAPD officer’s chest. NAPD

It’s been 18 years since the North Arlington Police Department outfitted its radio cars with video cameras and now they’re adopting body-worn cameras for officers. In 2002, the department began utilizing mobile video recording technology to document motor vehicle stops and other calls for service in an effort to promote transparency in the agency.

Now, with the advancement of technology, the NAPD has added the Axon Body 3 to its tools to improve police services.

“The BWC is intended to strengthen the trust between the police and the public by further promoting officer transparency and accountability,” Lt. Michael Horton, the department’s public information officer, said.

Beginning Dec. 10, the cameras were recording interactions when officers are performing their legal duties. Recorded interactions will be in accordance with the Office of the NJ Attorney General as well the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.

Meanwhile, the NAPD announced last week that as of Dec. 7, Jason Way transformed from a two-way to a one-way street. Traffic will flow south to north and cars should be parked facing the north.

And lastly, the intersection at Prospect and Belmount avenues has transformed to an all-way stop.

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