The Department of Justice has awarded $511,864 to four Oregon law enforcement agencies from the Body-Worn Camera Program.

Washington County, Marion County, the City of Hillsboro, and Portland State University are among 106 state, city, tribal, and municipal law enforcement organizations to receive funding from the grant program.

The program was launched in 2015 in response to a recommendation by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

Research conducted by the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance has shown that law enforcement use of body-worn camera programs improve interactions with the public.

Over a two-year period, BJA has provided over $41 million to body-worn camera pilot implementation programs.