$1.5 million federal grant will provide body cameras to hundreds of R.I. cops

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- U.S Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse alongside Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced on Friday a $1.5 million federal grant under the Department of Justice’s Body-Word Camera Policy and Implementation program awarded to the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety.

This award will enable eleven municipal police agencies to implement broad-scale body cameras. Central Falls, Cranston, Jamestown, Narragansett, North Kingstown, Pawtucket, South Kingstown, Warwick, West Warwick, Woonsocket, and the Rhode Island State Police will all implement this program.

Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation spoke on the body-camera saying,

“State and municipal leaders in Rhode Island have long recognized the importance of body-worn cameras as tools to protect both citizens and law enforcement. Expanding the use of this technology by state and local law enforcement agencies will further assist police departments in promoting accountability on the part of officers and citizens, aid law enforcement by providing crucial evidence in criminal cases, and strengthen community trust in policing.”

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