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More body cameras coming to three WNY departments

Posted at 11:42 AM, Dec 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-20 11:42:49-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Three Western New York police departments are getting money to create and expand their body camera programs.

The New York State Attorney General's Office awarded money to 13 agencies across the state, including the Amherst, Buffalo and Niagara Falls departments. The total amount of money given out across the state was $1 million. The Amherst Police Department will receive about $38,000 for 43 body cameras. The Buffalo Police Department will get $150,000 for 300 body cameras, and the Niagara Falls Police Department will receive about $52,000 for 64 body cameras and nine docking stations.

The money for the cameras came from the Attorney Generals CAMS (Capture an Account of a Material Situation) program. The cash for the program comes from organized crime busts.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown spoke about the program, and said in a press release, “I want to thank Attorney General Barbara Underwood for the creation of this important program. It’s vital that we continue to foster relationships between police, the community and residents. This program will provide the needed resources to help assist with accountability and transparency.”