Sheriff in Reno eyeing body cameras for deputies in 2017
$200 million for military and veterans
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sen. Harry Reid says Nevada will be getting more than $200 million in federal funding for projects involving the military and veterans.
The retiring Democrat announced Saturday that the money will be allocated for projects at Nellis Air Force Base, Naval Air Station Fallon and Reno VA Medical Center.
In addition, another $90 million has been awarded nationwide for construction of state veterans extended care facilities including one in Reno.
Reid says he has pushed for the funding to be part of an appropriations bill for military construction and veterans affairs.
President Barack Obama signed the bill into law this week.
Reid says the funding will mean much-needed construction projects will be completed, ensuring the military and returning vets have the resources needed to succeed.
Washoe wants body cameras by next year
RENO (AP) — A northern Nevada sheriff says he wants his deputies to have body cameras by next year.
Washoe County Sheriff Chuck Allen tells KRNV-TV n Reno that he’s applying for grants and working out a budget to fund the wearable recording devices.
Allen says he hasn’t chosen a type of camera or a vendor.
But he says wearable video recording systems can improve encounters between officers and citizens.
because people watch their behavior when a camera is around.
More than $20 million in U.S. Justice Department grants went this week to police departments across the U.S. for body camera programs. KRNV says none went to agencies in northern Nevada.
Equipping cops with cameras comes amid protests about officer-involved shootings.
KRNV tallies five police shootings in Washoe County this year.