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U.S. Department of Justice: Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program to Support Law Enforcement Agencies

Deadline: June 5, 2019

The Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program to Support Law Enforcement Agencies (BWCPIP-LEA) supports promoting the safety of law enforcement officers and citizens by strengthening the means for evidence capture and by contributing to improved justice outcomes. Both formal research publication and testimonials by law enforcement executives have shown that Body-Worn Camera (BWCs), when properly implemented, contribute myriad benefits to law enforcement organizations, their personnel, and the communities they serve.

BWC use can have a moderating effect on citizens’ behavior; has been shown to reduce use-of-force incidents and citizen complaints; and can help strengthen mutual respect and civility in citizen-police interactions. Digital footage from BWCs can provide critical visual and audio records of interactions. The benefits of BWCs can be optimized when properly implemented as part of a deliberate program of carefully thought-out policies and practices.

Program funds are intended specifically for agencies seeking to establish or expand comprehensive BWC programs with a specified plan to implement this technology in a manner that maximizes the benefits of BWCs. As part of their submission, applicants must describe a deliberate and phased plan to deploy this technology, as well as specific ways it will be used to enhance the applicant agency’s mission.

The following are the categories under which applicants may apply:

  • Category 1: Implementation or Expansion of BWC Programs for Small or Mid-Sized Agencies – This funding category seeks to establish new or expand existing BWC programs in small and mid-sized law enforcement agencies with 250 or fewer sworn officers.
  • Category 2: Implementation or Expansion of BWC Programs for Large Agencies – This funding category seeks to establish new or expand existing BWC programs in large police agencies with more than 250 and up to 1,000 sworn officers.
  • Category 3: Implementation or Expansion of BWC Programs for Extra-Large Agencies – This funding category seeks to establish new or expand existing BWC programs in extra-large police agencies with more than 1,000 sworn officers.

Amount: Dependent upon category, as follows:

  • Category 1: Implementation or Expansion of BWC Programs for Small or Mid-Sized Agencies – Up to $500,000. Federal funds for individual agency applicants will be capped using the $2,000 per BWC Funding Metric described in the funding announcement.
  • Category 2: Implementation or Expansion of BWC Programs for Large Agencies – Up to $2,000,000. Federal funds for individual agency applicants will also be capped using the $2,000 per BWC Funding Metric.
  • Category 3: Implementation or Expansion of BWC Programs for Extra-Large Agencies – Up to $3,000,000. Federal funds for individual agency applicants will also be capped using the $2,000 per BWC Funding Metric.

Eligibility: Public agencies of state government, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions, or any department, agency, or instrumentality of the foregoing that performs criminal justice functions (including combinations of the preceding entities).

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=314558

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