DOJ to Give Up to 50 Police Departments Grants for Body Cameras

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24:  Washington DC Metropolitan Police Officer Debra Domino wears one of the new "body-worn cameras" that the city's officers will begin using during a press conference announcing the details of the program September 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. The MPD's use of the cameras is intended to accurately document events, actions, conditions, and statements made during citizen encounters, traffic stops, arrests, and other incidents with the city's police officers.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced a new body camera pilot program on Friday that will give up to 50 police departments matching funds to help buy body cameras and teach officers how to use them. The pilot program, the first part of the $75 million body camera initiative proposed by the White House last year, will give out a total of $19 million to mostly small police departments across the country. However, body cameras are expensive, and the federal funds will not help pay for the most costly part of a body camera program, which is storing the footage gathered out in the field. Another $1 million will be reserved so the Bureau of Justice Statistics can evaluate the effectiveness of the program.