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With New Fed Grant, TPD Working On Rolling Out Body Cameras To Officers

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Now that Tallahassee Police have received a federal grant for body cameras, the local law agency is working on getting them rolled out to the department.

Tallahassee Police Chief Mike Deleo said while it doesn’t cover the full cost, the grant from the U.S. Department of Justice will be a big help.

“So, over the next six to eight months, we’re working on getting body cameras in and rolled out,” he said. “And, we got the grant from the federal government for $675,000, but that’s going to be another about probably $800,000 to $1 million in the first year from the city and an ongoing cost of $400,000 to $500,000 from here on out.”

Deleo says the mayor and the City Commission have also been very supportive of his efforts. Before the grant, only a few police cars had dash cams, and even fewer motorcycle patrol officers wore body cameras.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.