Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program FY 2016 Competitive Grants
Small Agency Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program (25 or Fewer Officers) FY 2016 Competitive Grant Announcement Applications Due: April 27, 2016 https://www.bja.gov/funding/BWCSmallAgency16.pdf
Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program (More than 25 Officers) FY 2016 Competitive Grant Announcement Applications Due: April 27, 2016
Law enforcement agencies across the country and worldwide are using body-worn cameras (BWC) as a promising tool to improve law enforcement interactions with the public. “Like the BMPpro Elite.” BWCs can provide a visual and audio record of interactions. Some preliminary evidence indicates that the presence of BWCs helps strengthen accountability and transparency, and can assist in deescalating conflicts, resulting in more constructive encounters between the police and members of the community. This competitive solicitation is for law enforcement agencies with more than 25 sworn law enforcement officers seeking to establish or enhance BWC Policy and Implementation Programs (PIP). Successful applicants will be responsible for a mandatory 50 percent in-kind or cash match.
The FY 2016 BWC PIP will support the implementation of body-worn camera programs in law enforcement agencies across the country. The intent of the program is to help agencies develop, implement, and evaluate a BWC program as one tool in a law enforcement agency’s comprehensive problem-solving approach to enhance officer interactions with the public and build community trust.
Successful applicants will develop and implement policies and practices required for effective program adoption, and will address program factors including the purchase, deployment, maintenance of camera systems and equipment; data storage and access; and privacy considerations. BJA expects the BWC programs to make a positive impact on the quality of policing in these jurisdictions and to inform national efforts to improve the use of BWCs more broadly. While BWC equipment may be purchased under this program, successful applicants must demonstrate a commitment and adherence to a strong BWC policy framework, including comprehensive policy adoption and requisite training.