Arizona law enforcement receives $1.3M to support body-cams

U.S. Attorney John S. Leonardo announced that $1,333,998 in federal grant funds have been awarded to four Arizona law enforcement agencies to support the use of body-worn cameras by patrol officers.

Such cameras are intended to enhance public and officer safety and improve police-community relations, according to a press release.

The four recipient agencies are the Phoenix Police Department, the city of Peoria, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, and the city of Glendale.

Additionally, the Phoenix Police Department received a separate federal grant of $392,842  to support its work on the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the release stated.

These grant funds were awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, which are components of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs.

As part of President Obama’s commitment to expand funding and training to law enforcement agencies through community policing initiatives, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, part of DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs, announced a $20 million Body-Worn Camera Pilot Implementation Program in May 2015 to respond to the immediate needs of local and tribal law enforcement organizations, the release stated.

For additional information about the BWC Pilot Implementation Program, visit http://www.bja.gov/bwc/pdfs/BWCPIP-Award-Fact-Sheet.pdf.

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