Over 100 Ohio Law Enforcement Agencies Get Body Cameras With Grant

COLUMBUS, Ohio — After announcing a body camera grant application process last year, the office of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Tuesday that more than 100 law enforcement agencies in the state will receive funding to purchase cameras for the first time or develop existing camera systems.

A total of $4.7 million in grants was awarded to 109 organizations. Of these, 49 departments will purchase body camera systems for the first time, while the rest will develop the ongoing programs. About 1,700 new cameras will be purchased with the grant money, along with the computer software, equipment and storage solutions needed to operate and maintain the devices, according to state officials. The grants total approximately $10 million. The remainder of the funding will be disbursed in fiscal year 2023.

Currently, body cameras are not required in Ohio. State officials said the grant is prioritized for departments that don’t yet have a body camera program.

“Body cameras have quickly become a necessary tool for modern policing,” DeWine said. “Through these grants, more than four dozen law enforcement agencies that have never had body cameras before will be able to invest in this technology to help protect their officers and provide transparency to the public.”

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Ohio’s body-worn camera grant program was passed by the state’s general assembly in June. It comes from Ohio’s 2022-23 operating budget and is intended to help police departments cover the costs of cameras, video storage and public records management personnel and other expenses. The Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) administers the grant program. The OCJS received $16 million in grant applications for this round of funding, officials said. Agencies that applied and qualified for a grant but were not selected are expected to receive funding through future grants at a later date.

“This is just the beginning of many new ways to help law enforcement with cutting-edge tools and innovative programs to fight crime and protect the public,” DeWine said.

The Cuyahoga County Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department was one of the local police departments to be selected for the grant.

“We would like to thank Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Justice for this grant. We intend to direct the funds towards the implementation and issuance of body worn cameras to all our officers to improve transparency, accountability and continue to build trust in the community we serve,” said ACSM Police Chief Andres Gonzalez.

Gonzalez said he expects ACSM officers to be equipped with body cameras by March.

Below is a full list of departments that have received funding for a body-worn camera program:

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