Justice Department awards $25k to Charleston for body cams

Justice Department awards $25k to Charleston for body cams

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Department of Justice has awarded the City of Charleston $25,264 in federal grant money for police body cameras.

The announcement of the money came during Attorney General Loretta Lynch's remarks at the White House on Monday where she gave an update on the Body-Warn Camera Pilot Partnership Program that began in May.

The program is designed to help jurisdictions that are interested in exploring and expanding the use of body cameras "in order to enhance transparency, accountability and credibility."

"Initial expectations were that we would be able to support approximately 50 agencies," Lynch said."But today, I am happy to report that we intend to fund 73 local and tribal agencies across the country with more than $19.3 million for their body-worn camera programs.  An additional $2 million will go toward training and technical assistance for agencies looking to develop or expand their programs."

In addition, Greenville received $93,750 and Spartanburg got $184,500 for their police departments.

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