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