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Grant money will enable nearly every Rhode Island police officer to have a body camera

Rhode Island police departments are poised to spend $16 million in state and federal grants to equip police officers with body cameras and cover the costs of managing and operating the equipment.

The architects of the Statewide Body-Worn Camera Program announced the grant awards to 42 police organizations on Wednesday as Rhode Island moved closer to a deployment of 1,773 cameras – roughly a camera for every front-line police officer, according to Attorney General Peter Neronha.

“That is a lot of law-enforcement officers [who] will now have the tools to bring us into the century in which we are operating,” Neronha said.

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