Richmond City Council Approves Grant For More Police Body Cameras

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A $150,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice will go toward equipping supervisors, detectives and specialized units, such as the SWAT team, with the devices, interim Chief Allwyn Brown said

By Sarah Tan
Contra Costa Times

RICHMOND — Funding to expand police use of body cameras was approved Tuesday by the City Council.

A $150,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice will go toward equipping supervisors, detectives and specialized units, such as the SWAT team, with the devices, interim Chief Allwyn Brown said.

The force currently has about 75 body cameras in use on all uniformed officers.

“We want to get to a place where every police and public interaction is captured on a camera,” Brown said. He said this could mean anything from a detective questioning witnesses at a crime scene follow-up to officers in special investigations units making arrests.
“Those interactions are things that we want captured,” he said.
Richmond Police Department officially rolled out body cameras on its uniformed officers in January 2015, in the wake of nationwide scrutiny over police use of force after episodes such as the 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

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