September 2, 2015 |
WHO KNEW that four little words - You are being recorded - could be so magical? At least, that's what cops in North Philadelphia's 22nd District have found since they volunteered eight months ago to take part in a pilot program that tested the viability of body cameras. Officer Roger McFadden, who's been in charge of monitoring the district's program, said he observed several encounters between civilians and officers that seemed to change dramatically because of the presence of the cameras.
August 24, 2015 |
Cameras mounted inside wildlife crossings beneath the Atlantic City Expressway a year ago have produced a few amusing images but not hard evidence of the passageway's usage. A curious but common everyday raccoon sits up on hind legs and peers into the darkness in one of seven images the state Department of Environmental Protection released this month. Then there's a beaver with a mouth full of sticks, and a young, white-tailed deer that resembles a Chihuahua as its oversize ears are illuminated by the beams of a brilliant sun. But the endangered northern pine snake and the tiny tree frogs targeted for protection have not been captured by any of the eight motion-triggered cameras inside the culverts under the highway.
August 20, 2015 |
Rachel De Barros launched her first car-related business while a student at Ohio University. She printed pink fliers with her name and phone number, promoting herself as a door-to-door mechanic. An oil change? Brake job? Simple repair? De Barros was for hire. No one called. "I would wait by the phone, like, Come on! I need money, " said De Barros, 37, of Feasterville, staring at a spot on the table where a phone would be. "So I changed the fliers, made them white, and wrote, 'Call Jimmy.' Then I started getting calls.
August 14, 2015 |
Philadelphia mayoral candidate Jim Kenney is ready for his close-up - as long as his is the only face in the camera's frame. Kenney's campaign had been haggling with NBC10 about camera angles for an upcoming debate, according to campaign spokeswoman Lauren Hitt. Kenney, the Democratic nominee, was fine with close-ups and reaction shots, but didn't want the TV station to use "one particular shot, a split-screen close-up," when Melissa Murray Bailey, his Republican opponent, was speaking, Hitt said.
August 5, 2015 |
Philadelphia suburb Deptford Township has the wrong perspective on New Jersey's effort to equip all state troopers and police officers with body cameras, which local officials criticize as an unfunded mandate. Body cameras are fast on their way to becoming as ubiquitous as guns and body armor in police departments. While a number of high-profile recent cases have shown that cameras can create valuable records of police misconduct, they can also protect officers from false allegations.
August 3, 2015 |
With clamor to equip police with cameras growing - last week, New Jersey officials announced a program to equip all state troopers with body cameras and pressed local departments to do the same - one South Jersey township is raising a difficult question: Who'll pay for them? Deptford Township has brought its funding concerns to a little-known state board, arguing that a recently enacted law requiring dashboard cameras in all newly acquired police cruisers will burden its taxpayers.
July 30, 2015 |
The New Jersey State Police will spend $1.5 million to acquire 1,000 body cameras for troopers, Gov. Christie's office said Tuesday while also announcing new guidelines aimed at expanding disclosures about investigations of officers' use of force. While state police cruisers have had dashboard cameras for years, this will be the first time troopers will wear cameras. The equipment is expected to be rolled out during the next few months, with all troopers on patrol getting the gear by the middle of next year.
July 29, 2015 |
Local Twitter mayhem "Orange Is the New Black" and "Hemlock Grove" star Madeline Brewer , who hails from nearby Pitman, N.J., stopped by WXPN's XPoNential outdoor music fest Sunday evening. From the audience, she took to social media to express her enthusiasm for headliner Grace Potter . But she experienced a bit of confusion when she put a call on Twitter for "bubbles," and instead got fans thinking she wanted drugs. To clarify, she was looking for champagne.
July 10, 2015 |
The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday urged Amtrak to install "crash- and fire-protected inward- and outward-facing audio and image recorders" on all locomotives. The recommendation came in response to the May 12 derailment of Amtrak Train 188 in Port Richmond that killed eight passengers and injured 200. Amtrak CEO Joseph Boardman said last month that Amtrak would install inward-facing video cameras in all of its 300 locomotives, starting with 70 Siemens locomotives now being put into service on the Northeast Corridor.
June 10, 2015 |
THE DEATH OF Philadelphia college student Shane Montgomery, who went missing after a night of drinking in November and whose body was pulled from the frigid Schuylkill more than a month later, has spurred introduction of legislation that would require bars and restaurants to install outside surveillance cameras. City Council's Committee on Public Safety yesterday began taking testimony on the feasibility of such a law, but does not expect to take action until the fall so that all stakeholders can weigh in, said Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., who sponsored the bill.