Ohio police get federal grant to replace body cameras
The Shelby Police Department applied for a Bureau of Justice Assistance grant to get $5,000 toward new cameras
SHELBY, Ohio — Shelby City Council on Monday evening unanimously passed an emergency resolution to apply for a grant with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.
The grant funds must be used to purchase body-worn cameras and require a 1:1 match by the grantee. According to Chief Lance Combs, replacing the department's cameras that have failed would take about $10,000; with the grant, it would cost the department $5,000.
The ultimate goal is for the department to upgrade their entire body camera system, a process that Combs estimates to cost around $100,000. With a citywide spending freeze and local service clubs and foundations struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Combs realized such an upgrade wasn't in the cards this year.
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