Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $53,000)
A request to purchase top-quality Body Worn Cameras with extended warranties for our staff in order to enhance officer safety, reduce the number of unfounded citizen complaints, reduce liability claims, improve officer performance, assist in criminal investigations, and to document and support our racial dispersity efforts.
Obtaining this much needed equipment will allow the Graham County Sheriff’ to document and support our racial dispersity efforts, dispel or substantiate police misconduct complaints from citizens, enhance officer safety. Most criminal element being aware of BWC’s tend not to be verbally and physically aggressive toward law enforcement.
Body Worn Cameras are proven to reduce the likelihood tax monies are being paid out for legal fees during liability issues and unfounded complaints of police misconduct, support police diversity efforts, and aid in the prosecution of criminals especially individuals who have been stopped for suspicion of impaired driving.
Body-worn cameras will result in eye-witness documentation of criminal and witness statements, and assist in documenting crime scenes thereby assuring stronger cases as they come to court, and also be beneficial as a training tool that will help promote more constructive police-citizen interaction.
The community would directly benefit from our agency by being able document and support our racial dispersity efforts, reduce the number of unfounded citizen complaints of police misconduct, identify actual police misconduct so appropriate levels of disciplinary action decisions can be supported.