MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The program to outfit Miami-Dade Police Department officers with body-worn cameras has received a huge boost from the Department of Justice.READ MORE: Mother Named Person Of Interest After Police ID Bodies Of Two Girls Found In Lauderhill Canal
The DOJ has awarded the police department $1 million, which will be used to buy 500 of the cameras.
That will roughly double the number of cameras for Miami-Dade police officers.READ MORE: 77-Year-Old Rafael Diaz Found Safe
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has wanted body cams on cops since August of 2014.
At a budget town hall meeting, Gimenez vowed he would get the measure past.
However, his announcement came at a time when he was at odds with the police union who was against his budget that proposed job cuts for Miami-Dade’s law enforcement.MORE NEWS: Pembroke Pines Teen Sanura Domond Found Safe
Nearly 10 months later, the county commission passed Gimenez’s proposal to get the body cams on officers.