DOJ to Give 50 Police Departments Grants for Body Cameras
Loretta Lynch has announced a new body camera pilot program
- By Matt Holden
- May 01, 2015
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has 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, according to a report.
The pilot program is the first part of the $75 million body camera initiative proposed by the White House last year, and will give out a total of $19 million to mostly small police departments across the country.
These federal funds will not cover the cost of storing the footage gathered in the field, which is the most costly part of the program. Another $1 million will be reserved so the Bureau of Justice Statistics can evaluate the effectiveness of the program.
Matt Holden is an Associate Content Editor for 1105 Media, Inc. He received his MFA and BA in journalism from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He currently writes and edits for Occupational Health & Safety magazine, and Security Today.