FILE – In this Dec. 13, 2019, file photo, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during an interview at the Governor’s Residence in Columbus, Ohio. DeWine on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021 announced a $10 million grant under his two-year budget proposal to assist more than 700 law enforcement agencies within the state to purchase body-worn camera.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Hundreds of law enforcement agencies in Ohio will be able to buy body-worn cameras through a $10 million grant Gov. Mike DeWine proposed Wednesday in his budget.
“My goal is for every police officer in the state of Ohio to have a body camera,” DeWine said during a briefing. “I think it protects the police. It protects the public and it’s good to have that transparency.”
He added, “It is the right thing to do.”
As of February, only 183 of the state’s about 900 law enforcement agencies both have body cameras for officers and are following the standards set by the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board, DeWine said.
The governor said the cost of the camera technology, storing the footage it produces and even hiring personnel to fill public records request for it is expensive for midsize and rural police departments and sheriff’s offices.
The $10 million grant under DeWine’s proposed two-year, $75 billion budget for the business year beginning in July comes after two high-profile police shootings in Columbus in December.
Both the cases of Andre Hill, fatally shot by a Columbus police officer, and Casey Goodson Jr., fatally shot by a Franklin County sheriff’s deputy, shed light on the issue of body-worn cameras in use-of-force cases, especially against Black people.