The purpose of the Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program to Support Law Enforcement Agencies is to fund the purchase of body-worn cameras (BWC) that are implemented as part of comprehensive BWC programs. Funding can be used to support pilot programs, establish new implementations, or expand existing programs.
Funding under this program supports agencies seeking to establish or expand comprehensive BWC programs and have specified plans 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.
Funds must be used to purchase body-worn cameras and require a 1:1 match by the grantee. Federal funds shall not be used to pay for data storage costs associated with body-worn camera footage. No award under this solicitation may exceed $2,000,000.
Applicants should describe the technology they intend to deploy and how they will deploy the technology using evidence-based and problem-solving approaches. They should describe how the BWC program would be integrated within the agency’s operational framework, enhance the ability of officers to perform their duties, and promote organizational efficiency.
The following entities are eligible to apply:
- Units of local government
- Federally recognized Indian tribes
- Public agencies as defined in 34 U.S.C. 10251(a)(6))
Applicants for the Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program may apply on their own behalf or in partnership with one or more agencies that meet the eligibility criteria. In addition, for the purposes of this solicitation, correctional agencies are eligible to apply, provided they perform law enforcement functions as part of regular duties that are supported by public funding.
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