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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:

    • Development of a planned and phased approach that achieves broad support of stakeholders, including local political leadership, prosecutors, and relevant community groups, which thereafter seeks to leverage stakeholder input to support and inform policy, deployment, training, and procurement of BWCs;
    • Implementation of operational procedures and tracking mechanisms that address digital media evidence (DME) use, including review, access, storage, retention, redaction, and retention of BWC video;
    • Demonstration of commitment to incorporating the evidentiary value of BWCs (DME) into daily administrative and field operations in a manner that promotes improvements in criminal justice outcomes, including improvements in officer and citizen safety;
    • Training of officers, administrators, and associated agencies on BWC use, policy, and any applicable laws and regulations regarding access to and sharing of DME; and
    • Implementation of appropriate BWC policies that address relevant state law, operational requirements, privacy matters, and release of video to the public. 

    NOTE: 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. Further, OJP strongly emphasizes the use of data and evidence in policy making and program development in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services


    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.

    NOTE: For the purposes of this solicitation, correctional agencies are eligible to apply, provided they perform law enforcement functions as part of their regular duties that are supported by public funding.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted on May 5, 2020. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Up to $9,000,000 is available in total funding in FY2020. All applicants may request no more than $2,000 for each camera to be deployed, up to the agency size funding limitations. Though funds are correlated to the number of cameras, awarded funds must 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.


    Cost sharing/matching of 50% (dollar-for-dollar) is required. Project periods will extend 36-months, starting October 1, 2020.

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