Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $339,850)
The State of Tennessee has a diverse population of 6.9 million and is quickly growing. Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission Chairman Jim Ripley has instructed the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) Executive Director's Office to research and implement a body-worn camera (BWC) program within its Boating and Law Enforcement Division.
TWRA's goals are:
- Deploy BWCs to officers who regularly interact with the public in enforcement capacities.
- Improve high quality public service; and promote perceived legitimacy, sense of fairness, and procedural justice the citizens of Tennessee have about TWRA.
- Improve management of digital multi-media evidence (DME), to ensure identification, retention, accessibility of DME that is relevant to enforcement activities, and the conduct of TWRA officers.
- Incorporate the BWC program into TWRA's policy and training development.
- Implement strong policies to ensure proper and credible use of BWCs.
- Establish a continuing BWC program that remains technologically current and financially sustainable.
TWRA is utilizing sound project management principles and a phased-in approach that has proven successful in implementing several major TWRA projects.
TWRA will effectively utilize partnerships to ensure success. This includes the involvement of critical divisions within TWRA representing information and technology, budget, and law. It also includes external partnerships with the State's counties District Attorneys' Offices and the Public Defenders' Offices'.
The deliverables for TWRA's BWC program include:
- Deployment of BWC to TWRA officers.
- A current, secure, and reliable digital technology infrastructure.
- A strong policy and an ongoing training program for BWC use.
- An intensive program evaluation.
Successful implementation of the BWC program will result in an excellent program that can be emulated by other jurisdictions. It will also produce positive outcomes for TWRA; including the project goals noted above.