Owensboro Seeks $150K Body Cam Grant for Police Department

A grant application approved by the Owensboro Board of Commissioners seeks just over $150,000 to cover half the cost of body cameras for the police department.

Posted: Jul 7, 2021 9:30 AM
Updated: Jul 7, 2021 10:11 AM

During its regular meeting Tuesday, the Owensboro Board of Commissioners approved a grant application that would fund half of a purchase providing the Owensboro Police Department with body cameras.

The grant would cover half of the cost for 79 new body cameras - which in total is expected to cost around $307,952.60.

City Manager Nate Pagan said that the body cams had been previously budgeted for by the city, which would have to pay just over $150,000 of the cost, should the grant be approved.

"It is a 50/50 grant meaning the grant would pay half of the cost and the city would pay the other half, estimated to be $153,976," said City Manager Pagan. "You will likely recall that we budgeted to acquire bodycams in the current budget, so our funding is available for the match."

Pagan says that even if the grant isn't approved, the city has the funding to proceed with purchasing the bodycams regardless.

Owensboro Mayor Tom Watson will apply for the grant through the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

The grant application was approved with a unanimous vote made by the board during Tuesday's meeting.

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