The Utica Police Department will be getting some new technology, thanks to a $60,000 state grant.

The grant was announced by Senator Joseph Griffo at Utica City Hall.

The UPD will use the funds to buy body cameras for its officers.

Chief Mark Williams says the body cameras will replace the department's in-car camera program will help better protect the officers.

Williams says the department will soon begin a pilot program so cameras from three different manufacturers can be tested.

He says the funds will cover the cost of cameras for 90 to 100 officers.

Jim Rondenelli, WIBX