Charleston City Council approves grant on police body cameras

Published: Aug. 18, 2015 at 10:09 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 19, 2015 at 8:50 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston City Council approved a grant for more body cameras for Charleston Police officers.

The department received a 2015 Edward Byrne Memorial Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs that would pay for 29 body cameras that cost more than $22,400. The police department will pay an overmatch of $66.

In June police rolled out 140 body cameras to its officers.

The Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Formula Grant Program, administered by OJP's Bureau of Justice Assistance, provides grants, based on the state's population, to each state's designated state agency to develop statewide crime fighting strategies and coordinate distribution of funds to units of local government and not for profit agencies, according to the Department of Justice's website.

Byrne was a rookie New York City police officer who was killed in the line of duty on Feb. 26, 1988, while on assignment protecting a drug case witness in Queens, according to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation website.

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