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Body Camera Fund Receives $10m Replenishment

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After it was discovered initial funds for the initiative to help police forces buy body cameras was reduced to just 1 third of the initial ask, an amendment has been added to the the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill which will see an additional $10 million top-up, bring the total to $25 million.

Congressman Joaquin Castro

Congressman Joaquin Castro’s amendment provides to the Body Worn Camera Partnership Program support for competitive grants for the purchase of body-worn cameras for law enforcement agencies, as well as training and technical assistance. The amendment is cost-neutral.

With just 25% of America’s 17,000 police departments currently using the devices many are looking toward the body camera fund for assistance, Castro says “In recent years, we have seen more and more tragic encounters between community members and law enforcement that have been impossible to ignore,”

“The American public and national police organizations alike widely support the use of body cameras and the accountability that technology brings. My amendment makes it easier for law enforcement agencies to afford body camera technology and is one of several steps needed to help rebuild trust between our communities and police.”

The amendment is tacked on the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill, which contains billions of dollars targeting federal law enforcement, national security and space exploration, and is expected to be voted on soon.

“The American public and national police organizations alike widely support the use of body cameras and the accountability that technology brings,” Castro said in a press release. “My amendment makes it easier for law enforcement agencies to afford body camera technology and is one of several steps needed to help rebuild trust between our communities and police.”

“These additional resources will help increase law enforcement accountability, mend police-community relations, and improve the safety of cities and towns across America,” added Rep. Castro. “I’m pleased this important measure received such strong, bipartisan support.”

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