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Tuesday, October 5, 2021
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The county’s police body-worn camera program is scheduled to receive roughly $1.6 million of the county’s $63.2 million of the federal American Rescue Plan funds on Tuesday. This money, combined with $1 million in preliminary funding for equipment and licensing that was set aside during the fiscal 2022 budget process, will go to supporting the program. At a news conference in August, [Howard] County Executive Calvin Ball said the $3.1 million would be used to hire 26 “essential positions” across the county police department, the state’s attorney office and the sheriff’s department; purchase 600 cameras for 300 uniformed police officers that have “direct and regular contact” with the public; expand storage capacity and acquire the necessary software; and procure additional equipment for the deputies in the sheriff’s department.