Money from organized crime busts to pay for body cameras for WNY police
Money recovered from organized crime busts will soon help police in Western New York pay for new body cameras.
$239,416 is headed to Western New York to buy body cameras for police in Buffalo, Amherst, and Niagara Falls. The funding is part of a broader $1 million award to 13 law enforcement agencies across New York as part of the State Attorney General's Capture an Account of a Material Situation program - or CAMS - which spends funds seized as crime proceeds from joint federal and state criminal investigations on the purchase of body-worn cameras.
Attorney General Barbara Underwood said the cameras “help ensure increased accountability and transparency during law enforcement interactions. Yet too often, local police departments don’t have the resources to buy them."
Buffalo Police will receive the largest award in the area, with $150,000 for 300 cameras for patrol officers. Niagara Falls Police will receive $51,791 for 64 cameras and nine docking stations. The cameras in Niagara Falls will cover ones in need of repalcement. The Amherst Police Department will receive more $37,625 for 43 cameras, which will help equip its entire patrol division. Amherst Police have had a body camera program in place since 2016.
Each department is responsible for securing a 25 percent funding match.