A pilot program will begin in Wildwood to use body cameras on police officers. Two cameras are currently being tested by officers as they make the rounds throughout their 12-hour shifts.
“We decided to go with body cameras to continue the movement of the Wildwood Police Department into the future,” said Wildwood Chief of Police Robert Regalbuto. “There’s a big push nationwide to use them in light of all the incidents involving interpretations of aggressive police actions.”
Officers are currently testing a wireless camera that is attached to an officer’s tie, as well as a wired model that sits atop an officer’s shoulder. As part of the pilot program, both cameras were supplied to police at no cost to the department or the city. During the testing period, cameras will be rotated through the department with each officer wearing the new apparatus. Several models will be tested before a decision is made to purchase the cameras.