Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $71,306)
The Village of Freeport, New York, has a diverse population of 42,956. The Village of Freeport Police Department is seeking funding in the amount of $71,306.00 to expand its existing Body Worn Camera Program. The Village of Freeport police have been equipped with body-worn cameras (BWC) since 2015. Freeport was the first municipality on Long Island to equip all uniformed police officers and supervisors with BWCs. The project includes review of the existing BWC policies and practices, purchase of 36 BWCs, 6 docking stations , licenses and additional storage. The project area is the Inc. Village of Freeport. The Village is located in Nassau County, New York. The benefits of the project are increased public confidence, reduction of the number of complaints made against police officers, de-escalation of ant-social behavior, officer skill enhancement by scenario based training and evidentiary effectiveness.
The goals of the Village are:
Deploy BWCs to all officers that regularly interact with the public in enforcement capacities.
Improve high quality public service by promoting the perceived legitimacy, sense of fairness and procedural justice the community has about the Freeport Police Department.
Improve the management of digital multi-media.
Continue training development.
Ensure proper and credible use of BWCs
Ensure that the present BWC program remains technologically current and financially sustainable.