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Grant To Fund Dashboard Cameras For Cleveland Police

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CLEVELAND (AP) – A $500,000 grant from outgoing Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty will help fund dashboard-mounted camera systems for every frontline police cruiser in Cleveland. reports the Cleveland City Council voted on Monday to accept the money, which comes from the forfeitures of convicted criminals in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County.

The grant covers the installation of cameras in about 275 cruisers along with licenses for the technology, data storage and training.

City Council Safety Committee Chairman Matt Zone says frontline vehicles in all five police districts will be outfitted with the cameras in addition to cruisers belonging to the downtown services unit and the traffic enforcement unit.

Officials say the city will likely have to pay approximately $128,000 annually for ongoing expenses associated with the dashcams.