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Syracuse to Receive $59,000 DOJ Grant for New Police Body Cameras

By Staff

 

bodycameras (3)Mayor Stephanie Miner has announced Syracuse will receive a $59,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to buy 10 police body cameras for the Syracuse Police Department, and also to develop a pilot program for officers.

The money is part of a larger, $117,888 grant the city will share with the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office.

Mayor Miner thanked Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand for their help securing the funds Tuesday, after her previous criticism of Rep. John Katko for his lack of support during the city’s application process.

“Developing a body camera program is a crucial tool in increasing accountability which enhances the relationship between police officers, and the community they serve,” Miner stated. “I appreciate the work of Sen. Schumer and Sen. Gillibrand, and the US Department of Justice in supporting us with this funding.”

According to Miner, the grant will be used to provide the cameras and other equipment for the SPD, as well as to help defer expenses for personnel and officer training.

This was Syracuse’s second time applying for the grant, following the DOJ’s rejection of its initial application in September.

Other upstate cities have also received federal grants to fund similar programs recently, including the city of Rochester, which won a $600,000 award last year.