Latest on Body-Worn Cameras around the Nation
Three departments have partnered to apply for grant funding through the Department of Justice Body Work Camera Pilot Implementation Program. Sixteen grants will be awarded to police departments with 250 or fewer police officers. Each grant could be worth up to $250,000, with a maximum of $2 million overall awarded to the 16 winning applicants.
With budgeting for next year underway, Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper said this week that he’s increasingly skeptical that a body-worn camera program will be launched by the department in 2016, despite earlier ambitions.
The Ripon Police Department announced Thursday that it has received a shipment of body cameras that will be worn by officers, sergeants and other staff members who routinely interact with the public.
The Police Department has purchased 23 cameras and hopes to purchase several more to fully equip the entire department, Lt. Steve Merchant said. The cameras will be deployed Saturday as officers go out on patrol on the Fourth of July, Merchant said.
One day after the D.C. council failed to pass legislation requiring D.C. police officers to wear body cameras, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser reaffirmed her commitment to having officers wear the cameras.
In the letter released after the council’s actions, Bowser says “Despite the Council’s bungling of the police budget, it is my commitment that your police force will be equipped with a bold BWC program in DC.”
NAACP Urging for Police-Worn Body Cameras