Thursday, March 23,2017 02:03 AM

By early 2018, it is expected that every officer in the Newark Police Division (NPD) will possess a body-worn camera (BWC). In order to promote transparency and to ensure the NPD BWC policy is as comprehensive as possible, the NPD has asked the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University to obtain feedback on the policy from Newark’s residents and community groups. The feedback will then be compiled and considerations will be made to the NPD policy. The questions below were created to gauge how Newark’s residents feel about NPD’s draft BWC policy.

The following questions are optional. Feel free to leave any or all of these questions blank.
  1. Are you filling out this survey on behalf of an organization and if so, which organization?
  2. Are you a City of Newark resident?
    Yes No
  3. If yes, in what neighborhood or ward do you reside?
  4. How old are you?
    Under 18 18-25 26-34 35-54 55-64 65 or over
  5. What is your race?
    White/Caucasian African American Hispanic Asian Native American Pacific Islander Other
  6. Gender
    Male Female
  7. Would you feel comfortable talking to a Newark Police Officer wearing a BWC?
    Yes No Unsure
    Comments
  8. Would you feel comfortable reporting a crime to a Newark Police Officer wearing a BWC?
    Yes No Unsure
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  9. Under the draft policy, an officer is required to record all law enforcement related actions except general conversations with the public. Do you agree with this policy?
    Yes No Unsure
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  10. When an officer is recording an individual, that officer must inform the individual that the BWC is activated unless it is unsafe to do so. Do you agree with this policy?
    Yes No Unsure
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  11. Additionally, once activated, a BWC must remain activated for the entire duration of each incident/encounter. Do you agree with this policy?
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  12. The activation of a BWC is not required when an officer is on break, not actively performing police duties, during police union business, during disciplinary proceedings, during courtroom proceedings, or in any location where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy, unless enforcement action is required. Do you agree with this policy?
    Yes No Unsure
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  13. Cameras may be deactivated if a civilian conversing with an officer requests that the camera be turned off and it reasonably appears that the individual will not provide information or cooperate with the officer unless that request is met. If this occurs, the request shall be recorded and the deactivation will be documented. Do you agree with this policy?
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  14. Cameras shall also be deactivated or not activated when in a school or youth facility, in a place of worship, during court proceedings, or in a healthcare facility. Exceptions are made when an officer is investigating criminal activity, responding to an emergency, or when an officer believes constructive authority or force will be used. Do you agree with this policy?
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  15. BWC recordings shall be retained for no less than 90 days. Recordings will be held for a longer period of time when a recording: pertains to a criminal investigation, documents a use of force, or is the subject of an internal affairs complaint. Do you agree with this policy?
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  16. Civilians who intend to file a complaint against an officer may be able to review BWC recordings in order to make an informed decision whether to file a complaint. Do you agree with this policy?
    Yes No Unsure
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  17. BWC recordings shall only be released publicly when the Public Safety Director, County Prosecutor or the Director of the Division of Criminal Justice determines the disclosure of the recording is warranted because the public’s need or access outweighs the law enforcement interest in maintaining confidentiality. Do you agree with this policy?
    Yes No Unsure
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  18. Do you have any additional comments or questions about the Newark Police Division’s body-worn camera policy?