Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $173,352)
Preliminary evidence indicates Body-Worn Cameras (BWC) help strengthen accountability, transparency, and deescalate conflicts. As a result, the Colorado State Patrol (CSP), Port of Entry (POE), is applying for a BJA Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program Grant. CSP will purchases 120 BWCs and data storage for POE officers to expand our comprehensive BWC program. This expansion of the BWC program to include POE Officers ensure their enforcement role in Commercial Motor Carrier Safety is as safe and transparent as the trooper function. By implementing this program, CSP will maximize the benefits of this technology to further our mission to ensure a safe and secure environment for all persons living and traveling in Colorado by providing professional law enforcement services reflecting Honor, Duty and Respect. It will also serve BJA's mission of promoting the safe and fair administration of Justice.
In 2021, the CSP completed a pilot study to inform the needs for BWC implementation and began establishing a two-phase BWC program. Primary activities and deliverables of the BWC Program include: (1) Creating a deliberate, comprehensive, partnership-based BWC Policy. Guidance from the BWC TTA advisors will ensure best practices in the BWC implementation and management are included in our policy as well as compliance with state and local laws. CSP will submit our policy for scorecard approval by BJA. Parallel to policy development will be the development of training protocols. (2) Procurement (based upon federal and local guidelines) of BWCs to include 120 BWCs, essential accessories, base training and implementation support, and a service package that includes licenses for each user with access to evidence cloud data services and unlimited data storage. The purchase and implementation of cameras will be phased in over three years. Phase 1 is the purchase of cameras for CSP troopers, and Phase 2 is the purchase of grant-funded cameras for POE officers. (3) Community Outreach/Education will be introduced with each phase of camera implementation. (4) Attendance at a National Mandatory meeting and Regional Peer-to-Peer Exchange.
The successful implementation of CSP's phased BWC program will have the following benefits: (1) Provide officer and public safety. (2) Quicker resolution to criminal prosecutions, civil/administrative, or other non-criminal proceedings or complaints. (3) Reduced citizen complaints. (4) Increased transparency and accountability, which in turns builds trust with the public.