DES MOINES, Iowa – The Des Moines Police Department is one of the hundreds of agencies around the country being left out of a grant for body cameras.
The U.S. Department of Justice is providing over $19 million to 73 police agencies in 42 states for the purchase of body cameras. The areas that are receiving the largest grants are Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Chicago, Detroit, San Antonio and Miami-Dade County.
However, the City of Des Moines is among the more than 200 agencies who are being passed over.
Authorities say they will now attempt to find other ways to pay for body cameras and are stressing the importance of them.
“This might be a speed bump for us but we’re still going to plug on,” Sgt. Paul Parizek said. “We’re going to get these body cameras out there because we believe in the benefit in having them out there. It’s going to help everybody so there is no reason to slow it down.”
The only police department in Iowa that will be receiving extra money is the Dubuque Police Department, which will receive over $61,000.