Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $430,000)
The Fresno County Sheriff's Office provides law enforcement and public safety services to over 1,000,000 county residents throughout the County of Fresno. These services are delivered through a variety of facets including its area-based policing, investigations, civil, court security operations and various specialty units consisting of approximately 438 sworn deputy sheriff's. The Fresno County Sheriff Office's services are delivered throughout the county's 6,000 square miles that include both metropolitan and rural areas.
The Fresno County Sheriff's Office proposes the implementation of a broad-scale program to acquire body worn cameras (BWCs) for 215 sworn deputies assigned to but not limited to the Patrol Bureau of the Fresno County Sheriff's Office, plus 10 spares for a total of 225 BWCs. Dedicated to excellence in the delivery of public safety services, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office intends to enhance its ability to maintain the confidence of its citizens through professionalism, accountability, integrity, trust, commitment, and service using BWCs. The utilization of BWC's by members of the Fresno County Sheriff's Office will increase transparency with the public we serve.
Currently, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office provides oversight of the office personnel through a Professional Standards Review Board which consists of seven members of Sheriff's Executive Management. The board reviews all incidents and allegations that may have negatively impacted the Sheriff's Office values and public trust. In addition to the Professional Standards and Review Board incidents of misconduct, policy violations and those that erode public trust are reviewed by the Sheriff. The use of BWCs will increase officer saftey, aid in the prosecution of criminals and greatly improve and build trust with the communities we serve. The utilization of BWC's will provide data and information which will improve the ability of the Professional Standards Review Board to provide better oversight of members of the Fresno County Sheriff's Office which in turn will increase the public's trust in our office.
The Fresno County Sheriff's Office does not have or as a proposed subrecipient any pending applications to receive funding for BWC purchases or lease.