U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
06/05/19 11:59 PM ET
Grants to USA state, local, tribal, and regional law enforcement agencies and criminal justice agencies to implement or improve the use of body-worn camera devices for police officers. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several days to complete. Funding is intended to promote the safety of law enforcement officers and citizens by strengthening the means for evidence capture and by contributing to improved justice outcomes. 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.
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.
Regardless of the program type and size, proposed BWC programs are expected to include the following elements:
1. Development of a planned and phased approach that achieves broad support of criminal justice stakeholders and leverages partnership input to address policy, training, deployment, and procurement of BWCs;
2. Implementation of operational procedures and tracking mechanisms that address the use, review, access, storage, retention, redaction, and deletion of digital media evidence (DME);
3. 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;
4. Establishing training protocols for officers, supervisors, and administrators on BWC use and policy;
5. Addressing access to and sharing of BWC footage by agency personnel, prosecutors, other criminal justice stakeholder, and the community;
6. Implementation of appropriate BWC policies that address relevant state law, privacy rights, data retention, and public release of video footage.
Funding Categories (for Categories 1-3, Agencies may invite subrecipient agencies to be included in their proposals):
- Category 1: Implementation or Expansions 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 police agencies with 250 or fewer sworn officers.
- Category 2: Implementation or Expansion of BWC Programs for Large Agencies (Competition ID: BJA 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.
- Category 3: Implementation or Expansion of BWC Programs for Extra-Large 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.
- 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.
For the program overview, see the RFP: https://www.bja.gov/funding/BWC19.pdf#page=5
GrantWatch ID#: 178038
Expected Number of Awards: 28
-Category 1: Applicants may request no more than $500,000 under this category (total of $5,000,000 available).
-Category 2: Applicants may request no more than $2,000,000 under this category (total of $3,000,000 available).
-Category 3: Applicants may request no more than $3,000,000 under this category (total of $4,000,000 available).
-Category 4: Applicants may request no more than $3,000,000 under this category (total of $6,000,000 available).
All awards will be for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 800–518–4726, 606–545–5035, at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/support.html, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For assistance with any other requirement of this solicitation, contact the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center:
TTY: 301-240-6310 (hearing impaired only)
Web Chat: https://webcontact.ncjrs.gov/ncjchat/chat.jsp
BJA-2019-15087 (BJA-2019-15306, BJA-2019-15304, BJA-2019-15307, BJA-2019-15305)
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