|On September 22, U.S. Attorney John S. Leonardo announced that $1,333,998 in federal grant funds have been awarded to four Arizona law-enforcement agencies to support the use of body-worn cameras by patrol officers. Such cameras are intended to enhance public and officer safety and improve police-community relations.
The four recipient agencies are the Phoenix Police Department, the City of Peoria, the City of Glendale and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.
“The Salt River Police Department is fortunate to have been selected for this generous award. Having this equipment will allow increased accountability of law-enforcement officers, provide transparency to the Community and secure additional video evidence to support criminal investigations,” said SRPD Chief of Police Patrick R. Melvin. “Technological innovations are continually shaping law enforcement, and we are proud that the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is taking a leadership role within the state of Arizona. SRPMIC’s law enforcement will utilize this equipment in a professional, progressive and proactive manner to continue to present a positive image; maintain integrity in our interactions with the Community; and provide swift, ethical resolution to internal investigations.”
The grant funds were awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, which are components of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs.
Additionally, the Phoenix Police Department received a separate federal grant of $392,842 to support its work on the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.