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Stamford Police Get $600,000 Federal Grant For Body Cameras

The Stamford Police Department received a $600,000 grant to purchase body cameras.
The Stamford Police Department received a $600,000 grant to purchase body cameras. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue

STAMFORD, Conn. --  The Stamford Police department received a $600,000 grant to purchase body cameras from the U.S. Department of justice, according to a joint statement released by Sens. Richard Blumenthal, Chris Murphy and Congressman Jim Himes.

“Body cameras are one valuable tool to improve relationships between law enforcement and the communities they police—protecting both officers and the public," Blumenthal said in a statement. "No technology can replace the crucial role of community policing in building and fostering mutual trust and respect between law enforcement and the public, but body cameras can be an effective and positive tool to support that fundamental work."

Himes said the body cameras will not only increase officer safety, but will also help increase officer accountability.

“In these tight budgetary times, we need to put in extra effort get our law enforcement officers the support and resources they need to do their jobs effectively,” Himes said. “My office will continue to work closely with Mayor Martin in the future to make sure that our first responders are in the best possible position to serve the community.”

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