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BJA FY23 Body-worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program to Support Law Enforcement Agencies

Award Information

Award #
Funding Category
Competitive Discretionary
Awardee County
Los Angeles
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $200,000)

The Culver City Police Department (CCPD) requests consideration for grant funds, not to exceed
$200,000, to purchase 100 new BWCs for its sworn and non-sworn personnel. Since 2017, CCPD has
had an in-car and body-worn camera program. The BWCs currently used by CCPD personnel are
outdated and lack advanced features such as high-resolution video, reduced motion blur, and improved
low-light performance. These limitations can hinder the effectiveness of the cameras in capturing
crucial evidence, which may also undermine public trust in our organization.
Culver City encompasses approximately 5.2 square miles and is home to nearly 40,000 residents, with
a daytime population that exceeds 300,000. The Culver City Police Department consists of 161
employees, which includes 109 sworn officers and 52 professional staff, all of whom provide the
highest level of service to the residents, businesses, and visitors. In addition, the department has 12
reserve police officers and 19 volunteers in patrol who dedicate their personal time to contribute to the
success of the department.
The use of technology by law enforcement organizations has increased exponentially over the past
decade. It is not only relied upon for efficiency; it also enhances the safety of officers and community
members. Technology plays a key role in creating and maintaining public trust through providing
foundations for police transparency and accountability. The community, the city, and the police
department see immense value in equipping Culver City Police personnel with this equipment that
provides valuable evidence in police investigations and promotes a higher level of accountability for
all parties involved in community-police interactions.
With the assistance of the requested grant funds, the Culver City Police Department will purchase new
BWCs that have enhanced features, including much improved video resolution and the ability to adjust
to different lighting conditions, reduce motion blur, all of which result in clearer evidence during
playback. The successful acquisition of grant funds will enable our organization to improve the
transparency and accountability of its officers, promote public trust, and enhance the overall quality of
policing within our community.

Date Created: September 25, 2023