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

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: Washington DC Metropolitan Police Officer Debra Domino wears one of the new
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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. 

DOJ to Award $20 Million in Body-Camera Grants