Syracuse will outfit 10 police officers with body cameras in what the city’s mayor says is a pilot program intended to increase accountability.
The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded the city $117,000 to purchase and operate the cameras, as well as other equipment. The department has about 450 officers.
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner said this week that the pilot program is a “crucial tool” to strengthening the relationship between law enforcement and the community.
The move comes as the use of body cameras gradually spreads around the nation. Police departments in Chicago, Philadelphia and New York have all launched efforts to deploy the equipment, beginning with a small number of officers.