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Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program (BWC PIP)

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    A - Primarily intended to fund technology


    Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)


    The Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program (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 agencys comprehensive problem-solving approach to enhance officer interactions with the public and build community trust.
    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 victim 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).
    In FY 2018, funding was to be awarded in four categories:
    • State and/or Multi-agency Partnership - This funding category seeks to leverage economies of scale and enables component agencies to leverage partnerships, collaboration, and joint-acquisition strategies to establish new or expand existing BWC programs. This category is reserved for programs where multiple agencies would work together to carry out BWC PIP implementation under an established consortium. The applicant must plan to purchase at least 150 BWCs across the participating agencies.
    • Mid-sized Agencies - This funding category seeks to establish new or expand existing BWC programs in mid-sized police agencies with more than 50 sworn officers and up to 250 sworn officers.
    • 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.
    • 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.

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the COPS Implementing a Body-Worn Camera Program report. The successful applicant will demonstrate a thorough understanding and appreciation of the issues discussed and will incorporate the most important program design elements in their proposal. All applicants must describe a detailed phased implementation plan for achieving the goals of the BWC PIP as part of their program narrative. The following elements, taken directly from the COPS report, must be included in this plan in order to receive funding consideration:
    • Privacy considerations;
    • Impact on community relationships;
    • Addressing officer concerns (e.g., privacy, safety, administrative uses);
    • Managing expectations of police agencies and the public;
    • Ensure partnerships with associated criminal justice agencies like prosecutors and the judiciary support effective implementation;
    • Financial considerations;
    • Technical specifications and considerations; and
    • Use of data, training, and program evaluation
    Because the primary focus of this program is implementation, evidence of cross-agency collaboration and a high level of commitment from participating agencies and entities should be received and documented (via memoranda of understanding or other appropriate mechanisms) prior to pursuing funding under this solicitation. Such commitment should be described in the application and submitted as attachments with the application. Pre-implementation applicants are expected to focus on the planning of efforts and tasks to accomplish these goals, while applicants with existing implementations are expected to document how these goals were accomplished and/or plan to be improved.


    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center

    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center
    Bureau of Justice Assistance
    810 Seventh Street NW
    Washington, DC 20531
    (800) 851-3420
    (301) 240-5830

  • Eligibility Details

    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; or any department, agency, or instrumentality of the foregoing that performs criminal justice functions.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted on May 31, 2018. A similar deadline is anticipated in 2019.

    Award Details

    Up to $23,000,000 is available in total funding in FY 2018. 63 awards are expected to be made.
    • State and/or Multi-agency Partnerships - Up to $7,000,000 is available for 5 awards.  Applicants may request $200,000 to $1,400,000 in this category. 
    • Mid-Sized Agencies - Up to $4,000,000 is available for 12 awards.  Applicants may request up to $400,000 in this category. 
    • Large Agencies - Up to $6,000,000 is available for 8 awards. Applicants may request up to $600,000 in this category. 
    • Extra Large Agencies - Up to $3,000,000 is available for 3 awards. Applicants may request up to $1,000,000 in this category. 
    Cost sharing/matching of 50% (dollar-for-dollar) is required. Project periods will extend 24-months, starting October 1, 2018.
    NOTE: All applicants may request no more than $1,500.00 for each camera to be deployed, 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.


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