DOJ awards $20 million to law enforcement body camera programs

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WASHINGTON — More than $20 million in grant money is being distributed to law enforcement agencies to help their individual body camera programs.

Approximately 32 states made the list including Tennessee and Arkansas.

Other states selected to receive the money include Alabama, Arizona, Florida, California, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Tribal awardees include: Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi.

The goal of the grant is to help law enforcement agencies develop and implement body camera policies that will have a positive impact on policing in our communities.

“As we strive to support local leaders and law enforcement officials in their work to protect their communities, we are mindful that effective public safety requires more than arrests and prosecutions,” said Attorney General Lynch.  “It also requires winning – and keeping – the trust and confidence of the citizens we serve.  These grants will help more than 100 law enforcement agencies promote transparency and ensure accountability, clearing the way for the closer cooperation between residents and officers that is so vital to public safety.”

At this time, the Department of Justice has not released the list of individual law enforcement agencies that will be receiving the grant money.