The FY 2019 Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program to Support Law Enforcement 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.
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.
The FY 2019 BWCPIP-LEA solicitation will support applicants under four specific funding categories. All four categories are intended to support BWC program implementation or expansion in publicly-funded law enforcement agencies.
- Category 1: Implementation or Expansion of BWC Programs for Small and Mid-Sized Agencies. 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.
- Category 2: Implementation or Expansion of BWC Programs for 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.
- Category 3: Implementation or Expansion of BWC Programs for Extralarge 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.
- Category 4: Implementation or Expansion of BWC Programs through State or Regional Consortia. 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.
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).
Applicants for the Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program to Support Law Enforcement Agencies (BWCPIP-LEA) may apply on their own behalf or in partnership with one or more additional agency that meets the eligibility criteria. 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.
A special funding category (Category 4) is set aside to support larger partnership programs operating on a state or regional level or through an established law enforcement consortium representing publicly-funded law enforcement agencies.
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