Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $232,000)
The Exeter Police Department does not have body-worn cameras. Across the nation, there is a drastic need for Police Officers to have such cameras to promote increased accountability and transparency to the communities they serve while officiating their duties. More than ever, body-worn cameras have proven to be an invaluable asset to both the Police that utilize them and the public they devotedly serve.
A $232,000 grant would fund equipment purchases and installation, software licenses, access to secure data storage, and around-the-clock technical support. All of which are necessary for an effective, respectful, and transparent body-worn camera program. No funds are available to the Exeter Police Department to implement a body-worn camera program, so it’s asking for assistance. A request of $232,000 from the Exeter general budget would create a devastating tax burden that the Town would likely be unable to support since they are a small New England town of 16,000 people.
The Town of Exeter’s Police Department expects this program to support both the officers and residents of Exeter in a meaningful and transparent way. They will create program policies and procedures which support, educate, and train all officers and staff utilizing body-worn cameras.