3 Minnesota police agencies land federal body camera grants

Published 8:56 am Tuesday, September 22, 2015

ST. PAUL — Minneapolis, St. Paul and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe police forces came out winners in the chase for federal body camera grants.

The Department of Justice awards announced Monday evening had the three Minnesota agencies among 73 nationwide that qualified for a share of $23 million in body camera purchase and training grants.

Minneapolis and St. Paul will each receive $600,000 that they’ll have to match with local funds to outfit officers with the tiny recording devices. Leech Lake secured about $42,000.

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Before the grants were announced Monday, Minneapolis Deputy Chief Travis Glampe told The Associated Press that officers would start wearing the cameras early next year, with a goal of eventually deploying 600. He says police leaders will be deliberate in the rollout to work through possible kinks.