Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $70,000)
Body cameras began being used law enforcement in 2005 in the United Kingdom and were accepted and implemented in the US around 2014. Since that time, most police departments across the country have instituted or are attempting to institute body worn camera programs. Over the past year, police reform due to widely publicized police misconduct has been brought to the forefront. Citizens, politicians, and officers alike are meeting in an effort to encourage better communication, and to increase both transparency and police accountability. The use of body cameras is one method to address those concerns, allowing community trust to strengthen and to provide an unbiased representation of any police interactions. Following the tragic death of George Floyd, the State of New Hampshire convened a commission to provide police reform recommendations: Law Enforcement Accountability, Community & Transparency (LEACT). One of the recommendations was for every community to institute a body camera program. Unfortunately, a small town like Greenland cannot bear the financial burden of creating such a program, as the initial set-up of equipment (the cameras themselves and a server to save the data) as well as costly software that allows for redaction (domestic violence victims, juveniles, etc.).