Woodstock police win $60K grant for body cameras

The Woodstock Police Department is one of two Georgia communities to recently win a federal grant to help midsize police agencies adopt body-worn cameras for their officers.

The $60,000 grant, from the Office of Justice Programs of the U.S. Justice Department, is to help the department “develop, implement, and evaluate a (body-worn camera) program as one tool in a law enforcement agency’s comprehensive problem-solving approach to enhance officer interactions with the public and build community trust,” according to grant documents.

In remarks at a recent City Council meeting, Woodstock Police Chief Calvin Moss said officers “have been researching the concept for quite some time.”

Comments were sought from various segments of the community, Moss said, “including residents, businesses, youth, the elderly, faith-based organizations and key government and services organizations and agencies.”