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SE Department of Public Safety Body Worn Camera Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $35,262)

SEMO DPS is proposing a Body Worn Camera Program for the University Depart of Public Safety. This grant requires a 1:1 match, with shared funds between the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)-Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO).
The target population for this program is Southeast Missouri State University students, employees, alumni and visitors to the campus.
The goal for implementing this program is to increase transparency of commissioned and non-commissioned staff involved in interactions with the campus community and public. The program is designed to facilitate accountability of commissioned and non-commissioned members of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) interacting with the local community and campus community. Moreover, increased positive encounters may be achieved with the addition of Body Worn Cameras (BWCs) for DPS officers. The University and local community will see benefits by the implemented program and training through de-escalating conflicts with members of the public.
The objectives of this program are to obtain unbiased information of officer/public interactions. The documentation will be utilized in resolution of public complaints, evidence in criminal activity and officer accountability. All information obtained will be made available to University administration, training, and involved requesting persons or entities.
The plan of action for implementing the Body-Worn Camera Program will be in a phased approach.
-Set up and vet a workable policy for BWCs.
-Purchase BWC and support equipment/software.
-Implement a progressive plan to field BWCs. This would include policy reviews, legal reviews, equipment uses, and training on equipment as well as de-escalation techniques.
The program will be reviewed internally, annually, or as needed, for any needed modifications, statute compliances and technology changes.

Date Created: December 17, 2021