Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $800,000)
The Montclair Police Department proposes to establish and implement a Body-Worn Camera Program. The purpose is to improve the effectiveness of Montclair's policing services and guarantee higher quality public service to build trust between the Department and the Montclair community. Project activities include purchasing and deploying camera systems, evidence management systems, and associated equipment; training officers in the proper use and maintenance of the camera systems; and developing written policy for capturing, viewing, using, releasing, and storing video. Expected outcomes include a reduction in complaints and use-of-force incidents; an improvement in the performance of police officers and the conduct of community members who are recorded; a monetary savings to the Department from reduced complaints against officers; and a reduction in the time required to resolve such complaints. All residents, businesses, and anyone directly interacting with police officers in the Montclair community are the intended beneficiaries of the Montclair Police Body-Worn Camera Program.