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Hamilton County gets $139k for body camera program

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Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch today announced that the Justice Department has awarded grants totaling more than $23.2 million to 73 local and tribal agencies, including the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, in 32 states to expand the use of body-worn cameras and explore their impact. 

In Ohio, The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office was awarded $139,500 Monday and the city of Akron was awarded $367,478. 

The grants, which require a 50/50 in-kind or cash match, can be used to purchase equipment and require that applicants establish a strong implementation plan and a robust training policy before purchasing cameras, according to a release.

Each agency awarded a grant is responsible for developing a plan for long-term storage, including the cost of storing data.

“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 Lynch.  “The impact of body-worn cameras touches on a range of outcomes that build upon efforts to mend the fabric of trust, respect and common purpose that all communities need to thrive."

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