Area departments awarded thousands of dollars in state grants for body-warn camera programs

COLUMBUS — The State of Ohio awarded $4.7 million in grant funds to over 100 law enforcement agencies, including several departments in the region, for purchasing or maintaining body-worn cameras.

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The grants were announced by Gov. Mike DeWine’s office Monday and statewide will help agencies purchase around 1,700 new body-worn cameras as well as equipment needed for video storage, a spokesperson for the governor’s office announced in a media release.

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“Body cameras have quickly become a necessary tool for modern policing,” DeWine said in the release. “With these grants, more than four dozen law enforcement agencies that have never had body cameras before will be able to invest in this technology to help protect their officers and offer transparency to the public.”

Area departments receiving grants:

  • Miamisburg police: $115,000
  • Shelby County Sheriff’s Office: $81,000
  • Bellefontaine police: $79,650.60
  • Centerville police: $76,240
  • New Lebanon police: $52,154
  • Logan County Sheriff’s Office: $46,206
  • Mercer County Sheriff’s Office: $43,832.46
  • Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office: $38,785
  • Xenia police: $26,170.45
  • Piqua police: $24,750
  • West Milton police: $22,605
  • Eaton police: $19,100
  • Beavercreek police: $17,950
  • Riverside police: $10,982.63
  • Arcanum police: $2,446.20

The funds are part of the 2022-2023 operating budget passed by the General Assembly last year, and includes a total of $10 million for body-warn camera programs. The remaining funds, Around $5.3 million, will be awarded in grants in 2023, the spokesperson said.