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DOJ awards Miami-Dade police $1 million toward body cams

Police to purchase 500 body cameras with grant money

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MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – The Department of Justice has awarded the Miami-Dade Police Department a $1 million grant to buy body cameras. 

The Police Department said it will use the money to purchase 500 body cameras, doubling the number of current body cameras for officers.

"I commend the efforts of the Miami-Dade Police Department in securing this valuable grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance," said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. "I have been an early advocate for body camera technology. In fact, I requested that our department study body-worn cameras as far back as 2012. I look forward to its implementation as part of our strategy to enhance the county's technological capabilities so that all patrol officers can eventually have body-worn cameras and better serve our residents."

The Miami-Dade Police Department was one of 285 agencies to apply for grants under the BWC Pilot Implementation Program.

The department said 72 other agencies were also awarded grants.

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