State officials will distribute $5.8 million to more than 160 law enforcement agencies to pay for police body cameras and the costs associated with their maintenance.
State legislators set aside the cash this year to help 164 agencies comply with a 2015 law that requires agencies equip their officers with body cameras. Four solicitors offices also applied.
The South Carolina Public Safety Coordinating Council is distributing the money. Requests to the council for aid totaled $13.8 million, more than double the amount provided by the legislature.
It’ll take the council about one month to publicize the amount each agency that applied will receive, said Sherri Iacobelli, spokeswoman for the Department of Public Safety. Only 31 agencies will be receiving 100 percent of their request. The rest will see their requests granted between 99 and 42 percent.