BJA Releases National Body-Worn Camera Toolkit and Pilot Implementation Program Solicitation Webinar
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) recently announced the National Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Toolkit. The National BWC Toolkit is a clearinghouse for criminal justice practitioners interested in planning and implementing a body-worn camera program in an effort to strengthen community trust and confidence in the justice system and improve officer and community safety. The toolkit consolidates and translates research, promising practices, templates, and tools that have been developed by high-quality experts. Areas of the toolkit’s focus include procurement considerations; training needs; implementation requirements; retention issues; policy concerns; interests of prosecutors and domestic violence, victim and privacy advocates; community engagement; and funding considerations. Input for the toolkit came from a BWC Expert Panel convened February 26-27 that consisted of law enforcement leaders, recognized criminal justice practitioners, national policy leaders, and community advocates. The toolkit can be accessed at www.bja.gov/bwc.
BJA has also announced the Body-Worn Camera Pilot Implementation Program Solicitation Webinar. During this webinar, Mike Roosa and Carmen Facciolo, Policy Advisors at BJA, will review all categories of the Body-Worn Camera Pilot Implementation Program Solicitation including eligibility, funding metrics, rules, matching requirements, and appropriate use of funds. This competitive solicitation is for law enforcement agencies seeking to establish or enhance BWC Policy and Implementation Programs (PIP). Additionally, this solicitation seeks applications for one national training and technical assistance (TTA) provider to build national capacity in support of recommended BWC policy. Click here to register for the informative webinar.