Body camera program receives grant

The U.S. Department of Justice awarded the city a $600,000 grant to begin implementation of the Rochester Police Department’s body camera program.

The department will receive the funds as part of President Barack Obama’s goal to expand community policing initiatives, according to a city press release. Mayor Lovely Warren and Chief Michael Ciminelli announced the grant on Sept. 22. 

Rochester was one of 73 applicants nationally and four across the state to receive a federal grant for body cameras.

The RPD’s patrol officers will begin using cameras in 2016. In the meantime, the department is developing a policy regarding use of the cameras with input from citizens, officers and public safety officials.

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