Hoboken council unanimously approves 5-year, $739k contract for police body cameras

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The Hoboken City Council unanimously approved (9-0) a five-year, $739,370.20 contract for body-worn cameras for the Hoboken Police Department at last night’s meeting.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The agreement is with Arizona-based Axon Enterprise, Inc. and will cost $252,122.20 in the first year, with that figure cut down to $121,812 in the subsequent four years, the resolution says.

Hoboken police officers will begin wearing the body cameras on June 1st of this year, a date mandated by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.

“I thank the City Council and City Administration for approving this vital expenditure. This gives my staff the ability to move ahead today with the planning needed to have these body worn cameras on our officers by the June 1st mandatory date,” Ferrante told HCV this afternoon.

“We secured a contract with AXON which is the leading vendor in the field of BWCs in the nation and the state. This technology will be an asset to the community as well as the officers.”

Additionally, the contract is retroactive from May 15th, 2019 and runs through May 14th, 2023.

Axon is also utilized by other local law enforcement agencies including the North Bergen Police Department and Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.