Rhode Island police departments to receive funding for body-worn cameras

This is a file image of a body camera. (WLNE)

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — Rhode Island leaders are expected to announce funding towards a statewide program to equip police departments with body-worn cameras.

Last year, Rhode Island enacted the Statewide Body Worn Camera Program to increase “trust, accountability, transparency between law enforcements and the people they protect.”

In June, Gov. Dan McKee signed the state budget, which provides $15 million over 5 years for the program.

The state will be able to supply nearly 1,700 uniformed officers and supervisors with those cameras, according to McKee.

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