Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $240,000)
The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) serves Cleveland County, North Carolina. The entire County is rural and considered a "high-poverty area" with a 20 percent poverty rate per the 2013-2017 five-year data series of the American Community Survey (ACS). More recent ACS data (2019) reports a 21.3 percent poverty rate for the County. CCSO has 123 full-time sworn officers, 71 detention officers, and 19 civilian personnel. CCSO requests funding support for 120 body-worn cameras (BWCs) to expand its current BWC program and pilot implementation in two detention facilities.
Three overarching goals serve as the deliverables of the project. Those goals include:
Goal 1: Expand and improve upon CCSO's current BWC policies and program.
Goal 2: Using evidence-based and problem-solving approaches, complete a pilot implementation for BWCs in detention facilities.
Goal 3: Promote mutual trust between officers and the community.
Beneficiaries of expanding the BWC program and introducing BWCs in detention facilities are patrol and detention officers, inmates and individuals who come in contact with patrol officers in the course of regular duties, and the general public.
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