Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $44,000)
The Exeter Police Department is seeking to develop a body-worn camera policy and implementation program. The proposed equipment through Body-Worn will equip 26 officers with a body-worn camera, mount, holster sensor, media controller, CAD activation, 24/7 technical support, and data storage. Equipping officers with body-worn cameras will aid in the delivery of services to the Exeter community. A survey was completed with internal and external stakeholders to build a strategic plan for the department moving forward. The community and department highlighted the benefit and desire to implement a body-worn camera program that will foster a bond between the department and community.
Supervisors, detectives, and patrol officers will all be equipped with body-worn cameras to utilize during the course of their duties. Officers will utilize body-worn cameras on motor vehicle stops, investigations, and answering calls for service. The implementation program will include policy to guide officers in the use of body-worn cameras, purchase of the equipment, and data storage. The implementation of a body-worn camera program will allow better documentation of incidents, prosecution of criminal cases, increased community trust, and protections for officers and citizens.