FY 2019 Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Policy and Implementation Grant

BJA

Outfit Law Enforcement Agencies with Body-Worn Cameras

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Grant Guidelines

Funding Opportunity Number: BJA-2019-15087

CFDA Number(s): 16.835

Grant Deadline: June 5, 2019

Improve evidence capture and improved justice outcomes

Agencies (BWCPIP-LEA) directly supports key priorities of the Department of Justice by 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 BWCs, when properly implemented, contribute myriad benefits to law enforcement organizations, their personnel, and the communities they serve.

What this grant does for your agency

BWC use can have a moderating effect on citizens’ behavior; has been shown to reduce use-offorce incidents and citizen complaints; and can help strengthen mutual respect and civility in citizenpolice 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 in coordination with broader agency missions, including officer safety, accountability, increased disparity, training, and efficiency.

Program funds under this solicitation 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. Applicants that are seeking only to fund the purchase of BWCs without consideration of the broader program goals discussed below will not be considered for funding.

Agencies awarded the FY 2019 Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Policy and Implementation Grant receive funds toward establishing and outfitting body-worn camera (BWC) programs.

The following are the categories under which applicants to the FY 2019 Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program to Support Law Enforcement Agencies (BWCPIP-LEA) may apply:

CATEGORY 1: IMPLEMENTATION OR EXPANSION OF BWC PROGRAMS FOR SMALL and MID-SIZED AGENCIES. Competition ID: BJA-2019-15304

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. Agencies may invite subrecipient agencies to be included in their proposals. If they do, the combined number of sworn officers across all agencies should be used to determine the category of funding.

Funding Range: Applicants may request no more than $500,000 under this category. Federal funds for individual agency applicants will also be capped using the $2,000 per BWC Funding Metric.

CATEGORY 2: IMPLEMENTATION OR EXPANSION OF BWC PROGRAMS FOR LARGE AGENCIES. Competition ID: BJA-2019-15305

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. Agencies may invite
subrecipient agencies to be included in their proposals. If they do, the combined number
of sworn officers across all agencies should be used to determine the category of funding.

Funding Range: Applicants may request no more than $2,000,000 under this category. 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 EXTRALARGE AGENCIES. Competition ID: BJA-2019-15306

This funding category seeks to establish new or expand existing BWC programs in extra-large police agencies with more than 1,000 sworn officers. Agencies may invite subrecipient agencies to be included in their proposals. If they do, the combined number of sworn officers across all agencies should be used to determine the category of funding.

Funding Range: Applicants may request no more than $3,000,000 under this category. Federal funds for individual agency applicants will also be capped using the $2,000 per BWC Funding Metric.

CATEGORY 4: IMPLEMENTATION OR EXPANSION OF BWC PROGRAMS THROUGH STATE OR REGIONAL CONSORTIA. Competition ID: BJA-2019-15307

This funding category seeks to leverage economies of scale by enabling a single organization to apply on behalf of component agencies in order to leverage partnerships, collaboration, and joint-acquisition strategies to establish new or expand existing BWC programs. Category 4 is reserved for programs where multiple agencies would work together to carry out BWCPIP implementation under an established consortium representing a group of law enforcement agencies. Eligible applicants under this category include state agencies (e.g., state police, State Administering Agencies (SAAs)), regional law enforcement authorities, or major city or county agencies, acting on behalf of a joint partnership or consortium.

Funding Range: There is a maximum allowable request of $3,000,000 for this category and a minimum request of $200,000. Federal funds for individual agency applicants will also be capped using the $2,000 Funding Metric described in the subsection immediately below.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

Eligible applicants are limited to public agencies of state government, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), or any department, agency, or instrumentality of the foregoing that performs criminal justice functions (including combinations of the preceding entities).

About the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

BJA helps to make American communities safer by strengthening the nation’s criminal justice system: Its grants, training and technical assistance, and policy development services provide state, local, and tribal governments with the cutting edge tools and best practices they need to reduce violent and drug-related crime, support law enforcement, and combat victimization. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, June 5, 2019.

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BJA FY2017 Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program

Deadline: Feb. 16, 2017

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Grant Guidelines (PDF)

BJA FY2017 Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program – Law Enforcement – First Responder Grants : http://firstrespondergrants.com/frg_grants/grant_view/grant/236

$17,000,000 for Law Enforcement Body Worn Cameras (BWCs)

Individual agency awards up to $1,000,000

The FY2017 Body Worn Camera (BWC) Policy and Implementation Program will support the implementation, including the purchase, deployment, maintenance, data storage, and policy development of a body-worn camera program, and the necessary policies for law enforcement agencies. The program will play a critical role in the creation, implementation, and evaluation of problem solving approaches that incorporate BWCs into officer practice in selected jurisdictions.

BJA is soliciting applications from law enforcement agencies to develop a comprehensive, problem-solving approach that incorporates BWCs into officer practice by implementing a first-time program or enhancing an existing BWC program that includes the following elements:

  • Implementation of a BWC program developed in a planned and phased approach that first achieves broad stakeholder, local political leadership, and community engagement, and then leverages partnership input to address policy, training, deployment, and procurement requirements.
  • Implementation of appropriate privacy policies that, at a minimum, address BWC program issues involving civil rights, domestic violence, juveniles, and victims’ groups, and legal liabilities of release of information.
  • Implementation of operational procedures and tracking mechanisms that address the use, review, access, storage, retention, redaction, and expungement of digital voice and audio evidence.
  • Training of officers, administrators, and associated agencies requiring access to
    digital multimedia evidence (DME).

What this grant does for your agency

Successful applicants will develop and implement policies and practices required for effective program adoption, and will address program factors including the purchase, deployment, and 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.

Agencies awarded the BJA FY2017 Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program receive grants as follows

  • Category 1: Implementation or Expansion of BWC Programs for Small Agencies. Seeks to establish new or expand existing BWC programs in police agencies with 25 or fewer sworn officers. Applicants may request no more than $50,000 under this category. BJA estimates 40 awards will be made in this category for an estimated total amount of $2,000,000. There is a minimum request of $10,000 for this category. If an agency does not require this level of funding they are encouraged to partner with other criminal justice agencies to combine projects and have one of the agencies act as the applicant while the partner agencies act as subrecipients. This category is not restricted by the $1,500 camera metric, though peer reviewers and BJA will consider the cost ratio of requested funds to the number of body-worn cameras.
  • Category 2: Implementation or Expansion of BWC Programs for Mid-Sized Agencies. Seeks to establish new or expand existing BWC programs in mid-sized
    police agencies with more than 25 sworn officers and up to 250 sworn officers. Applicants may request no more than $400,000 under this category. BJA estimates 10 awards will be made in this category for an estimated total amount of $4,000,000. Applicants for this category may request no more than $1,500 for each camera to be deployed in this phase of their BWC program, up to the agency size funding limitations. Though funds are correlated to the number of cameras, awarded funds may also be used for any part of the BWC program other than line-item data storage costs, which can only be covered with matching funds. BWC systems that are bundled or sold as software-as-a-service (SAAS) with no line-item distinction to data storage costs are permissible for award funding.
  • Category 3: Implementation or Expansion of BWC Programs for Large Agencies. Seeks to establish new or expand existing BWC programs in large police agencies with more than 250 and up to 1,000 sworn officers. Eight awards are anticipated, and applicants may request no more than $750,000 for an estimated total amount of $6,000,000 under this category. Applicants for this category may request no more than $1,500 for each camera to be deployed in this phase of their BWC program, up to the agency size funding limitations. Though funds are correlated to the number of cameras, awarded funds may also be used for any part of the BWC program other than line-item data storage
    costs, which can only be covered with matching funds. BWC systems that are bundled
    or sold as software-as-a-service (SAAS) with no line-item distinction to data storage
    costs are permissible for award funding.
  • Category 4: Implementation or Expansion of BWC Programs for Extra-Large Agencies. Seeks to establish new or expand existing BWC programs in extra-large
    police agencies with more than 1,000 sworn officers. Five awards are anticipated, and applicants may request no more than $1,000,000 for an estimated total of $5,000,000 under this category. Applicants for this category may request no more than $1,500 for each camera to be deployed in this phase of their BWC program, up to the agency size funding limitations. Though funds are correlated to the number of cameras, awarded funds may also be used for any part of the BWC program other than line-item data storage costs, which can only be covered with matching funds. BWC systems that are bundled or sold as software-as-a-service (SAAS) with no line-item distinction to data storage costs are permissible for award funding.
  • Note: $1,500 is not the expected cost of a body-worn camera. Paired with the matching funds, it is the expected total program costs for one (1) camera system to include: Camera, Storage, Software, Licenses, Services, Policy Development, Training, etc.

Only a limited number of grants will be awarded.

Grant Eligibility

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

  • County governments
  • State governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • City or township governments.

About the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

BJA’s mission is to provide leadership and services in grant administration and criminal justice policy development to support local, state, and tribal justice strategies to achieve safer communities. BJA supports programs and initiatives in the areas of law enforcement, justice information sharing, countering terrorism, managing offenders, combating drug crime and abuse, adjudication, advancing tribal justice, crime prevention, protecting vulnerable populations, and capacity building. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Thurs., Feb. 16, 2016.

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Funding Opportunity Number: BJA-2017-11221. Apply for the BJA FY2017 Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program

BJA Small Agency Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program Grant (25 or fewer officers)

Grants for Body Cameras for LEOs with 25 or Fewer Officers

BJA

$1,600,000 available for body-worn camera programs and policies

The FY2016 Small Agency Body Worn Camera (BWC) Policy Implementation Program will support the implementation (including the purchase, deployment, maintenance, data storage, and policy development) of a body-worn camera program, and the necessary policies for law enforcement agencies. The program will play a critical role in the creation, implementation, and evaluation of problem solving approaches that incorporate BWCs into officer practice in selected jurisdictions.

What this grant does for your agency

Law enforcement agencies across the country and worldwide are using body-worn cameras (BWCs) as a promising tool to improve law enforcement interactions with the public. 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 small law enforcement agencies, with 25 or fewer sworn 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 Small Agency BWC Policy and Implementation (PIP) Pilot Program is specifically designed to support the implementation of body-worn camera programs in small law enforcement agencies across the country. The intent of the program is to help agencies with 25 or fewer sworn officers 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, and maintenance of camera systems and equipment, data storage and access, and privacy considerations. BJA expects the BWC programs to have 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.

Agencies awarded the BJA Small Agency Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program Grant receive funds to purchase BWCs and implement the programs and policies needed for their usage.

Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,600,000. Award Ceiling: $40,000. Only a limited number of grants will be awarded. The current expected number of awards is 43.

Grant Eligibility

Eligible applicants for this announcement are limited to agencies with 25 or fewer sworn law enforcement officers.

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • State governments
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Eligible applicants are limited to public agencies of state government, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior); or any department, agency, or instrumentality of the foregoing that performs criminal justice functions (including combinations of the preceding, one of which is designated as the primary applicant).To ensure this program can assist as many law enforcement agencies as possible, applicants that were awarded funds under the 2015 Body-Worn Camera Pilot Implementation Program or the 2015 Smart Policing Body Worn Camera Initiative solicitation are not eligible to submit applications for this solicitation.

About the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

BJA’s mission is to provide leadership and services in grant administration and criminal justice policy development to support local, state, and tribal justice strategies to achieve safer communities. BJA supports programs and initiatives in the areas of law enforcement, justice information sharing, countering terrorism, managing offenders, combating drug crime and abuse, adjudication, advancing tribal justice, crime prevention, protecting vulnerable populations, and capacity building. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Wed., Apr. 27, 2016.

Apply

Funding Opportunity Number: BJA-2016-9276. CFDA Number(s): 16.835 — Body Worn Camera Policy and Implementation. Apply for the BJA Small Agency Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program Grant

BJA Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program (more than 25 officers)

BJAGrants for Body Cameras for LEOs with more than 25 Officers

$15,000,000 available for body-worn camera programs and policies

The FY2015 Body Worn Camera (BWC) Policy and Implementation Program will support the implementation, including the purchase, deployment, maintenance, data storage, and policy development of a body-worn camera program, and the necessary policies for law enforcement agencies. The program will play a critical role in the creation, implementation, and evaluation of problem solving approaches that incorporate body-worn cameras (BWCs) into officer practice in selected jurisdictions.

What this grant does for your agency

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. 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.

Agencies awarded the BJA Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program receive funds to purchase body-worn cameras and implement programs and policies relevant to department usage of the body cameras.

Estimated Total Program Funding: $15,000,000. Award Ceiling: $1,000,000. Only a limited number of grants will be awarded. The current expected number of awards is 25.

Grant Eligibility

Eligible applicants for this announcement are limited to agencies with more than 25 sworn law enforcement officers who are applying for 25 or more cameras.

For full eligibility details, see the Grant Guidelines:

  • State governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • City or township governments
  • Eligible applicants are limited to public agencies of state government, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior); or any department, agency, or instrumentality of the foregoing that performs criminal justice functions (including combinations of the preceding, one of which is designated as the primary applicant).

About the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

BJA’s mission is to provide leadership and services in grant administration and criminal justice policy development to support local, state, and tribal justice strategies to achieve safer communities. BJA supports programs and initiatives in the areas of law enforcement, justice information sharing, countering terrorism, managing offenders, combating drug crime and abuse, adjudication, advancing tribal justice, crime prevention, protecting vulnerable populations, and capacity building. More

Grant Deadline

Grant applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Wed., Apr. 27, 2016.

Apply

Funding Opportunity Number: BJA-2016-9199. CFDA Number: 16.835 — Body Worn Camera Policy and Implementation. Apply for the BJA Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program