WOOD-RIDGE, N.J. -- Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli gathered more than 200 police chiefs, law enforcement and government officials and clergy in his Wood-Ridge hometown this morning to discuss improvements to police/public relations.
Guest speakers at the Fiesta on Route 17 included County Executive Jim Tedesco and Elie Honig, the director of state Division of Criminal Justice, who spoke about his office's newest guidelines for investigating police-involved shootings.
Honig emphasized that every police shooting in New Jersey is investigated by county prosecutors with the state Attorney General's Office.
The director also highlighted state grants for local police departments to obtain body cameras for officers in the field.
Mollinelli recently opened the way for all Bergen County municipal police departments to apply for up to $500 for each camera.
Officials encouraged their colleagues to obtain Tasers for everyday police use -- which they said eliminates immediate threats to officers who then won't have to resort to using their guns.
"I commend Prosecutor Molinelli for uniting us," Saddle Brook Police Chief Robert Kugler said. "The gathering was right on target.
"The next big thing for police is the migration to have our police officers utilizing body worn cameras for their daily interactions in their duties," Kugler said. "The general public needs to know the police are, and must be, held to a higher and professional standard."
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