NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Forty cops with the Essex County Sheriff’s Office are being outfitted with body cameras.

The idea is to increase transparency and accountability while de-escalating intense situations between officers and the public they serve, WCBS 880’s Kelly Waldron reported.

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Police body cameras record and document interaction with residents and have proved to minimize complaints about police officer behavior and the necessary use of force,” Sheriff Armando Fontoura said.

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The cameras are being paid for with $84,000 in criminal forfeiture funds.

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“Studies have shown conclusively in any area where body cameras have been used that conduct improves both by officers and by citizens,” said Carolyn Murray, acting county prosecutor.