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City Manager wants $1.2 million in federal, local funds for body cams

A body cam tested by CPD last year. (File) A body cam tested by CPD last year. (File)
CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

The City Manager wants to apply for a grant to outfit Cincinnati Police with body-worn cameras, according to documents posted on Cincinnati City Council website.

Harry Black's office filed a proposed ordinance to apply for and accept a $600,000 federal grant for the body cams.

The ordinance requires another $600,000 in matching funds. Those funds will likely be city dollars, according to a city spokesperson.

The police department has already applied for the grant as the June 16 deadline is fast-approaching, but funds won't be accepted without council's approval, documents state.

Before it's presented to council, the body cam ordinance will be vetted and voted on by the law and public safety committee.

The police department tested body cameras over a 30-day pilot program last year. Chief Blackwell called the program a success and expressed interest in outfitting Cincinnati's 600 uniformed officers with the cameras.

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