Nassau County police union boss James Carver does not want body cameras on his officers because nobody asked him first about starting a pilot program.
Disregarding the successful use of body cams that the Village of Freeport police has in place for all of its officers, Mr. Carver plans to file an injunction with the Public Employment Relations Board to prevent county officials from implementing a tryout with a total of 31 officers representing all precincts for one year beginning Aug. 1. There are some 2,200 officers belonging to the department and the Police Benevolent Association (PBA), of which Carver is president.
Carver claims it’s a putdown of his membership to be told to wear a body cam, even though police departments across the country do.
“Our police officers do the right thing each and every day,” Carver said in an article published in Newsday on Wednesday, May 20, on page A10, “Police Union Head Knocks Body Cam Pilot” by Nicole Fuller. “They don’t need a camera around their neck to have the public be assured that they’re doing the right thing.”
Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter begged to differ. “This is to test new technology that has proven beneficial to police officers and their agencies across the country. It in no way suggests any lack of confidence in the men and women of this department,” he said.
Carver had the last word, as irrelevant as it might have been. He likened the body cameras to the county’s controversial school-zone speed cameras, which were scrapped after a public outcry.
“This sounds like another rush job,” he said. “There’s a lot of questions out there and I think this process needs to be slowed down and vetted out.”