Body Worn Camera Policy and Implementation

Criminal justice agencies? use of Body-Worn Camera (BWC) programs has shown BWCs to be a promising practice to improve law enforcement?s interactions with the public.

These cameras are an important tool that can be an integrated part of a jurisdiction?s holistic problem-solving and community-engagement
strategy, helping to increase both trust and communication between the police and the communities they serve.

BWCs can be highly effective, providing an inalterable audio and visual record of interactions that can capture empirical evidence in the event of a crime, police-citizen interaction, or use-of-force incident.
Related Programs16.738 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant ProgramExamples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

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Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Onslow, County Of $ 129,537   2021-12-012024-11-30
Kansas Department Of Wildlife, Parks And Tourism $ 230,281   2021-12-012024-11-30
Dearborn Heights, City Of $ 172,000   2021-12-012024-11-30
City Of Hermitage $ 31,000   2021-12-012024-11-30
City Of New Berlin $ 100,000   2021-12-012024-11-30
City Henderson $ 70,000   2021-12-012024-11-30
Lincoln County Sheriff $ 24,431   2021-12-012024-11-30
Rehabilitation And Correction, Ohio Department Of $ 1,390,000   2021-12-012024-11-30
City Of Madeira $ 34,000   2021-12-012024-11-30
Middlesex, County Of (inc) $ 385,660   2021-12-012024-11-30

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

? Provide funding for criminal justice agencies seeking to establish new or expand existing BWC programs. ? Assist agencies develop appropriate policies, procedures and practices to further successful adoption of BWCs. ? Enhance police and community relations and increase transparency through BWCs. ? Enhance the evident use of BWCs and promote prosecutorial, defense, and judicial policy and practices. ? Provide remote and onsite training and technical assistance (TTA) to criminal justice agencies and the communities they serve in regards to the implementation of sound BWC programs. ? Provide for an annual national conference and multiple regional conferences to promote training and sharing of BWC program development skills. ? Maintain and enhance the Body-Worn Camera Toolkit developed by BJA, to include the development of content, tools, templates, and best practices. ? Increase the technical availability of tools that facilitate redaction, release, dissemination, and security to enhance the productive use of BWCs while ensuring privacy, civil, and victims? rights are protected. ? Increase the availability of tools and analytics that promote officer safety, citizen safety, homeland security, and the efficiency of agency resources such as officer force multiplier effects.

Federal grants and cooperative agreements require a 50% match.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants to be funded to deploy BWC programs are limited to public agencies of state government, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform law enforcement functions (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior); or any department, agency, or instrumentality of the foregoing that performs criminal justice functions (including combinations of the preceding, one of which is designated as the primary applicant). Additionally, training and technical assistance services require applicants be national or 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.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries are the criminal justice agencies involved in a BWC program deployment and the communities involved.


Agencies requesting federal grants or cooperative agreements must demonstrate a collaborative relationship between law enforcement and prosecution. This documentation can be formal, such as memoranda of understanding or informal, such as letters of intent. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The application of E.O.

12372 is contingent upon whether the state has designated an entity to coordinate and review proposed federal financial assistance.

See list of states that require this at: To learn if the state has designated an entity to coordinate and review proposed federal financial assistance.

See list of states at:

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.

Award Procedures

Upon approval by the Assistant Attorney General (for science offices, would be the Director of the applicable Office), successful applicants are notified via the Grants Management System. One copy of the grant award must be signed by the authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


An act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.


From 90 to 120 days. There are no appeal rights for rejection of a discretionary application. See section 28 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 18.


Yes, a grant can be supplemented or granted a no-cost extension, subject to BJA policy.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Percent: 50%. Agencies deploying BWC programs have a 50% match requirement. TTA services do not have a match requirement. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

New grant. Assistance is drawn down according to a timeline submitted by grantee. Period is 12 to 24 months depending on the applicant. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Competitive award and money are released when grantee draws down funds based on an approve timeline. Demonstration of effective policy is a requirement prior to full funding availability to agencies with more than 24 officers.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Unless otherwise specified in the award's special condition, recipients are required to submit semi-annual Progress Reports.

Unless otherwise specified in the award's special condition, recipients are required to submit quarterly Financial Reports in accordance with the Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide (

To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111?352, recipients must provide data that measures the results of their work.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


In accordance with the requirement set forth in 2 CFR 200, Subpart F, grantees must maintain all financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the award for at least 3 years following the close of the most recent audit.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $19,811,203; FY 17 est $22,500,000; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Solicitation guidelines are posted on the Office of Justice Programs web site at For additional guidance reference the Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide ( and Post award Instructions ( Applicable administrative requirements and Department of Justice regulations applicable to specific types of grantees can be found in title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations (2 C.F.R.).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

BWC Policy Advisor U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Assistance 810 7th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Email: Phone: 202-616-6500

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

See the current fiscal year?s solicitation available at the Office of Justice Programs web site ( and/or In summary: 1) Provide data in support of the need for body-worn cameras. 2) Describe the demographics of your jurisdiction. 3) Demonstrate a full understanding of how officer complaints and use-of-force practices can be addressed by BWCs. 4) Demonstrate a need to leverage DME (Digital Multimedia Evidence) to help inform adjudication of cases. 5) Demonstrate a partnership with associated agencies and advocacy groups necessary to effectively utilize DME and promote the program objectives. 6) Identify methods to develop policies and tracking mechanisms that include legal liabilities of FOIA, storage, retention, redaction, and expungement as well as privacy policies addressing BWC issues involving civil rights, domestic violence, juvenile, and other victims? groups.

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