Miami-Dade police officers will soon be equipped with up to 1,000 body cameras, thanks to a matching grant from the federal government.
The Department of Justice awarded $1 million to the Miami-Dade Police Department this week as part of the Body-Worn Camera Pilot Implementation Program, a national initiative to equip police officers with body-worn cameras and study their use. The Miami-Dade Police Department, which had already allocated part of next year’s budget for 500 cameras, will be able to purchase 500 more with the grant, police said.
The grant “brings us one step closer to providing this important technology to our officers and the community we serve,” said Miami-Dade Police Department director J.D. Patterson in a statement.
The national program, launched by the DOJ last May, received applications from 285 agencies across the country. It awarded grants totaling $23.2 million to 73 law enforcement groups across the country, including the Miami-Dade Police Department, according to a DOJ press release.