Seventy-three U.S. law enforcement agencies have been awarded grants worth a combined $23.2 million from the Justice Department to outfit officers with body camera systems and study the technology’s impact on public safety operations.
DOJ said Monday it will provide $19.3 million to support the procurement of wearable cameras, $2 million for related training and technical assistance programs and another $1.9 million to back the impact research.
“This vital pilot program is designed to assist local jurisdictions that are interested in exploring and expanding the use of body-worn cameras in order to enhance transparency, accountability and credibility,” said Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Additionally, DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance will issue grants to three police departments in Miami, Phoenix and Milwaukee to collaborate with research institutions and identify potential merits of wearable camera technology implementation.
The bureau also launched an online toolkit for criminal justice practitioners who plan to implement body-worn camera programs.
The White House’s goal is to procure up to 50,000 wearable law enforcement cameras within three years.