Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $47,061)
The Body Worn Camera Policy and Implementation program (BWC PIP) provides funding to limited public agencies (i.e., states, units of local government, (including tribal government, recognized by the Secretary of the Interior), combinations of such states or units, or any department, agency, or instrumentality of the foregoing), that perform criminal justice functions; and national and regional public and private entities, including for-profit (commercial) and nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit or for-profit organizations), faith-based and community organizations, and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education) that support initiatives to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system. For-profit organizations must agree to forgo any profit or management fee.
The BWC PIP, funded under the 2016 Department of Justice Appropriations Act (P.L. 114-113), will support the implementation of body-worn camera programs in law enforcement agencies across the country. The intent of the program is help agencies develop, implement, and evaluate a BWC program as one tool in a law enforcement agencys comprehensive problem solving approach to enhance officer interactions with the public and build community trust. Elements of such an approach include; Implementation of a BWC program developed in a planned and phased approach; Collaboration that leverages partnerships with cross-agency criminal justice stakeholders including prosecutors and advocacy organizations; Implementation of appropriate privacy policies; Implementation of operational procedures and tracking mechanisms; Training of officers, administrators, and associated agencies requiring access to digital multimedia evidence (DME); Adoption of practices and deployment of BWC programs appropriately addressing operational requirements.
The United Independent School District Police Department Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program plan includes: implementation of a BWC program developed in a planned, phased approach that first achieves broad stakeholder and community engagement, then leverages partnership input to address policy, training, deployment, and procurement requirements; implementation of appropriate privacy policies that address issues involving civil rights, domestic violence, juveniles, victims groups, and legal issues relating to release of information; implementation of operational procedures and tracking mechanisms that address the use, review, access, storage, retention, redaction, and expungement of digital voice and audio evidence; training of officers, administrators, and associated agencies requiring access to digital multimedia evidence (DME); adoption of practices and deployment of BWC programs appropriately addressing operational requirements. UISD-PD commits to incorporating the National Institute of Justice's 18 core operating characteristics in their procurement of BWC technology in order to maximize the usefulness of BWC technology in order to receive priority consideration.