On Monday the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance announced that $20 million dollars in federal grants would be given to seventy-three law enforcement agencies across the country.
The money is to be used to buy body cameras for police officers in said law enforcement agencies. Millions have been spent on body cameras since the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri brought the public’s attention to the need for them.
285 law enforcement agencies have asked for 55,000 cameras- the grants will purchase 21,000 cameras for police departments. Less than half of body cameras requested can be bought with the money given.
Additionally, the DOJ’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services is also going to be giving money to law enforcement agencies. Over $107 million will be given to almost 200 agencies to hire and retain police officers.