OHIO – Governor Dewine is proposing a 10 million dollar grant to help local law enforcement get more body cameras on more officers.
Dewine released a map today that shows agencies that have body cameras 𝗮𝗻𝗱 are certified in Ohio’s minimum standards. Dewine says that they estimate that up to two-thirds of law enforcement agencies statewide – mostly Ohio’s smaller jurisdictions – do not have body camera equipment.
“The budget creates a $10 million grant fund to help local law enforcement agencies get more body cameras on more officers. My goal is that most – if not all – agencies that do not have body cameras will get them with the help of these grants,” said Dewine.
In Pickaway County Circleville Police officers wear body cameras, all officers on duty have them, South Bloomfield may officers wear body cameras. Pickaway Sheriff’s department does not have body cameras, and Sheriff Matthew Hafey says that they have been working to change that.
This is a project I had already started in motion within the Pickaway County Sheriffs’ office, said Pickaway Sheriff Matthew Hafey, The biggest hurdle is funding for the cameras. My staff has been researching grants in order to pay for the cameras. This proposal will definitely be helpful in moving the Pickaway County sheriffs office into the next generation of law enforcement.”