Albany PD receives grant to purchase body cameras

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Albany Police Department has received over $100,000 in grant money to fund body cameras.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced on Monday the Justice Department awarded grants totaling more than $23.2 million to 73 local and tribal agencies across 32 states to expand the use of body-worn cameras.

The city of Albany’s police department received a grant award of $133,305. The city was one of four grants received by New York State agencies, including the city of Rochester, Village of Spring Valley and city of White Plains.

“Over the past few years, the Albany Police Department has made tremendous changes to ensure that we are building trust and legitimacy within our community,” Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox said in a press release. “By outfitting our officers with body-worn cameras, the Albany Police Department can continue to bridge the gap between the members of our community and of the police department through a transparent process that includes stakeholder input in the planning and implementation of a body-worn camera program.”

The grants are part of Pres. Barack Obama’s proposal to purchase 50,000 body cameras for law enforcement agencies within three years.

The grants require a 50/50 in-kind or cash match and can be used to purchase equipment and require that applicants “establish a strong implantation plan and a robust training policy before purchasing cameras,” according to New York State U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian.

The long-term costs associated with storing the information from the cameras will be the financial responsibility of each local agency.

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