Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) has been awarded a $52,000 federal grant that will help fund a pilot program of body-worn cameras. The grant allows for the purchase of approximately 30 cameras.

“Body-worn cameras aren’t new to law enforcement,” Governor Wolf said. “In Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Police have begun to use them, as well as several smaller municipal police departments. I’m pleased that the Pennsylvania State Police is set to begin a pilot program because we know that body-worn cameras strengthen police accountability, prevent confrontational situations, and improve evidence documentation.”

“This grant and Senate Bill 560 are important first steps toward the statewide rollout of body-worn camera technology for troopers across Pennsylvania,” State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker said. “The department is committed to effective use of technology that will benefit not only troopers, but also the people we serve.”

Senate Bill 560, which received bipartisan support from lawmakers, was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf today, and removes existing burdens under state law that had limited the scope and use of body cameras by law enforcement in PA.

The primary goal of the pilot program is to create a way for the PSP to develop and implement policy and training programs related to body-worn cameras. The state police have begun work on all policies and procedures, training curriculum, and funding for backend components to commence the pilot program.