New Jersey University Police Department Adopts Body Cameras

Rowan University police are now required to wear body cameras during their 12-hour shifts.

A New Jersey university has become the first school in its area to require campus police to wear body cameras.

Rowan University instituted the requirement, which requires all 35 of its officers to wear a camera on their chest, April 13, according to

The officers, who work 12-hour shifts, typically deal with public urination, open container and other alcohol violations.

Rowan University Police Lieutenant Craig Shute, who’s been with the school for 25 years, said the cameras will help the department sort out any complaints against officers. School officials agreed the cameras give them the most accurate possible look at interactions between students and campus police.

Another factor in the school’s decision to use the cameras may be their growing size: Rowan is supposed to go from 15,000 enrolled students to 25,000 students over the next eight years.


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