CONGRESSMAN KATKO, MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCE DOJ FUNDING FOR POLICE BODY CAMERAS

November 5, 2018
Press Release
New Funding Will Help Support City of Syracuse as Law Enforcement Works to Combat Rise in Gang Violence, Builds on City’s Efforts to Maintain Positive Police-Community Relations

Syracuse, New York — U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) and Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh today announced the City of Syracuse has been awarded nearly $300,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Justice for Body-Worn Cameras for the City of Syracuse Police Department.  Congressman Katko supported the application for funding submitted by the City of Syracuse.

“As the City of Syracuse continues to fight gang violence plaguing our city, this funding will help ensure that our police officers and community are safe.  I proudly advocated for this award so that the City of Syracuse can expand its current Body-Worn Camera program,” said Congressman John Katko.  “This program is an integral part of the Police Department’s ongoing, comprehensive community engagement strategy. I commend Mayor Walsh, Chief Fowler, and the hardworking men and women of the Syracuse Police Department for their commitment to keeping the City safe and to build and maintain positive relationships between law enforcement and the community.”

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said, “We expect the body-worn camera program to create significant benefits for our police officers and for the community, but it also brings additional costs. The support of the Department of Justice and Congressman Katko ensures our police department has the resources they need to do their jobs and to make our neighborhoods safer. Thank you Congressman for providing the support necessary to keep this program operating.”

Congressman Katko and Mayor Walsh were joined by Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler in announcing the funding today.