Council to discuss measure that would help police during investigations

BY Christopher Lang, Correspondent, @topherlang2 | MonroeNow | Sep 24, 2018

MONROE – Council members are scheduled to meet tonight to discuss various new ordinances including one that would establish a voluntary security video surveillance registry.

The voluntary participation regulation is listed under the agenda’s ordinances for a first reading. Since this is an agenda meeting, no official action can be taken by the township council.

The draft ordinance does outline how the voluntary registry would work, aside from any changes council members suggest tonight.

The registry creates an internal list for the township police department to use for criminal investigations. If a homeowner or business has agreed to join the registry, police can request to see the video footage if necessary. Signing up on the registry does not require the property owner to provide the video footage. Any video collected remains confidential. The property owner can also request at any time after joining the registry to have their name removed from the list.

The intent of the registry is to help reduce crime and provide another tool for police officers to bring criminal investigations to a successful conclusion. In recent years, other towns in New Jersey have adopted voluntary registries to help their local police.

Also scheduled on the agenda is an ordinance that would ban trucks over 4 tons from using Halsey Reed Road from Cranbury Station Road to the cul-de-sac and a measure outlining a mailbox damage replacement policy.

Though no official action is taken during the agenda meeting, residents are still allowed to discuss matters during the public portion. The agenda meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the municipal building.