Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $50,000)
With the help of grant funding from the U.S. Department of Justice - Bureau of Justice Assistance the Brunswick Division of Police implemented a body-worn camera program for patrol and investigative field officers in an effort to further enhance public trust by increasing the transparency of police operations. Our mission statement says that we are “Law Enforcement providing a safe and secure community through proactive partnerships, while maintaining integrity, dedication and respect.” Our policing philosophy is grounded in being partners in our community in fulfilling our mission. The initial purchase of body worn cameras was designed to allow a pool of cameras for officers on patrol to be able to use.
Based on the initial success of the original project and identified needs from the initial project, The Brunswick Division of Police is looking to expand its body-worn camera program to deploy to all officers. This will help meet the expectations of the general public as well as insure that an important tool is readily available for all officers. The public knowledge that body-worn cameras are in use adds an additional layer of safety and protection for officers. Having body-worn cameras deployed to all officers, will close the gap of not having video available and will allow officers and supervisors to review how situations are handled. Field Training Officers, who are training new police officers, will use the video as a tool in new officer training.
In summary the Brunswick Division of Police is a proactive and professional law enforcement organization that is looking to further improve its service delivery to our community through the use of this valuable technology.