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Minneapolis to receive $600,000 body cam grant from U.S. Department of Justice

police-body-cameraMINNEAPOLIS — Today Mayor Betsy Hodges and Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau announced that the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded the City a $600,000 grant to help fund body-worn cameras for Minneapolis police officers.

“Part of Minneapolis’ transition into a 21st-century city involves transforming our approach to policing,” said Mayor Betsy Hodges.

“Implementing a body camera program will enhance transparency and accountability, and in other cities it has decreased the use of force and complaints of excessive force. I thank the Obama Administration for sharing the cost of this program with taxpayers, and I thank Chief Harteau, the Department, and the community for working to help make this program a reality.”

“We are extremely grateful the Justice Department has validated the work of the MPD and the City of Minneapolis on our body camera pilot program,” said Chief Janeé Harteau. “I’d like to thank our officers, our community members, and our city leaders for their continued participation and support.”

Mayor Hodges and Chief Harteau intend to outfit all patrol officers with body cameras by early 2016. This past summer the City and the Department applied for a federal grant with the Department of Justice to reduce taxpayer burden on the project.

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