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Rochester awarded $600,000 grant for police body cameras

ROCHESTER (AP) — The city of Rochester has been awarded a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to purchase body cameras for its police department.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Monday that the funding comes from the federal agency’s Office of Justice Programs as part of an effort to expand the use of body cameras for law enforcement agencies nationwide.

The cities of Albany and White Plains and the Rockland County village of Spring Valley also received funding for body cameras as part of the initiative.

Officials say approximately 480 Rochester officers will wear the devices.

Buffalo-based U.S. Attorney William Hochul Jr. says body cameras have the potential to “memorialize helpful information for both law enforcement and the public.”