Indiana receives money from DOJ for body-worn camera programs

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WASHINGTON – Law enforcement agencies in Indiana will receive money from the Department of Justice for body-worn camera programs throughout the state.

On Monday, the DOJ announced awards totaling over $20 million for 106 law enforcement agencies to establish and enhance law enforcement body-worn camera programs.

The money was funded under the Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) Fiscal Year 2016 Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program, and it will help law enforcement organizations implement body-worn camera policies, practices and evaluation methods to make a positive impact on the quality of policing in individual communities.

“When backed by sound policies and procedures, body-worn camera use has the potential to heighten transparency, reduce complaints, and improve evidence collection, leading to safer neighborhoods and greater respect for the law,” said Attorney General Lynch.

“This initiative helps fund programs that leverage technology to enhance policing while also strengthening accountability, building transparency and improving overall police relations with the communities they serve,” said BJA Director Denise O’Donnell.

BJA expects award recipients to create programs that will be integrated as part of individual jurisdictions’ holistic problem-solving and community-engagement strategies, according to O’Donnell.

The states benefitting from the $20 million grant are Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, California, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.