3 MN police departments receive federal body camera grants

Three Minnesota police departments are among the recipients of more than $23 million in federal grants for body cameras.

Minneapolis, St. Paul and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe police forces were three of the 73 agencies nationwide that received a share of the money from the U.S. Department of Justice as part of the body-worn camera pilot implementation program. The grants are intended to aid with funding for the small recording devices and training for officers on how to use them, according to a news release.

Minneapolis and St. Paul each received $600,000 in federal grant money, while Leech Lake received $42,000.

More than 285 agencies applied for the grants.