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ST. JOHN — The Town Council has accepted a $154,610 grant for the Police Department to buy and install in-car cameras. 

The 2017 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant is fully funded with no local matching fund requirement.

The Police Department also received more than $21,000 in local funding for the cameras that will be used for any additional costs of equipment, upgrades such as body cameras, service and repair costs and future equipment replacement needs, said Chief James Kveton. 

"The St. John civic and business community has greatly assisted us in this endeavor," he said. 

Deputy Chief David Demeter said the department will now evaluate in-car cameras to determine which ones will be best for the town. He said the department vehicles will be equipped with the cameras before the end of the year.

"I think it's going to be a valuable program that will protect both the citizens and officers and here in the town," he said. 

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Lake County reporter

Rob covers urban affairs and other matters in Crown Point, St. John, Winfield and beyond. Previously he covered Valparaiso, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. He's also written for various magazines and pens a culture blog for The Times.