Allegheny County was awarded nearly $400,000 from the Department of Justice Monday to help support law enforcement initiatives.
The U.S. attorney’s office announced the grant of $379,000 on Monday earmarked for training and equipping police.
Pittsburgh police officials said they plan to buy body cameras for some of the department’s officers, as well as allowing county and other municipalities to buy vehicles and equipment and hire personnel.
Allegheny County police grants manager January Baker said Pittsburgh police requested the creation of a Taser Evidence System that provides officers with a small camera that they wear during their shifts. Officers can wear the camera in several places including eyeglasses, hats, epaulets and collars.
Baker said the devices can record an entire shift and the videos can be downloaded from the devices and stored on a computer.
Officials have not said when the new cameras will be put to use.