- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - The Fayetteville Police Department has announced that it has been awarded a federal grant of $530,000 to provide body cameras to police officers.

The Fayetteville Observer (https://bit.ly/1KNJATG ) reports that the U.S. Department of Justice’s 2015 Bureau of Justice Assistance Body Camera Competitive Grant, announced earlier this week, includes a Fayetteville Police Department match of $530,000.

The city’s police chief, Harold Medlock, is pushing to equip about 275 officers with body-worn cameras over the next several months. Medlock announced last month that the department had received a $74,800 grant from the Governor’s Crime Commission toward body cameras.

Numerous police departments nationwide have installed body cameras in the wake of high-profile police encounters, including the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri last year.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, https://www.fayobserver.com

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