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Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program to Support Law Enforcement Agencies

Grants to USA Law Enforcement Agencies to Establish
or Improve Body Camera Programs for Police Officers

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

Deadline Date:

06/05/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA state, local, tribal, and regional law enforcement agencies and criminal justice agencies to implement or improve the use of body-worn camera devices for police officers. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several days to complete. Funding is intended to promote the safety of law enforcement officers and citizens by strengthening the means for evidence capture and by contributing to improved justice outcomes. BWC use can have a moderating effect on citizens’ behavior; has been shown to reduce use-offorce incidents and citizen complaints; and can help strengthen mutual respect and civility in citizenpolice interactions.

As part of their submission, applicants must describe a deliberate and phased plan to deploy this technology, as well as specific ways it will be used to enhance the applicant agency’s mission. Applicants that are seeking only to fund the purchase of BWCs without consideration of the broader program goals discussed below will not be considered for funding.

Regardless of the program type and size, proposed BWC programs are expected to include the following elements:

1. Development of a planned and phased approach that achieves broad support of criminal justice stakeholders and leverages partnership input to address policy, training, deployment, and procurement of BWCs;
2. Implementation of operational procedures and tracking mechanisms that address the use, review, access, storage, retention, redaction, and deletion of digital media evidence (DME);
3. Demonstration of commitment to incorporating the evidentiary value of BWCs (DME) into daily administrative and field operations in a manner that promotes improvements in criminal justice outcomes, including improvements in officer and citizen safety;
4. Establishing training protocols for officers, supervisors, and administrators on BWC use and policy;
5. Addressing access to and sharing of BWC footage by agency personnel, prosecutors, other criminal justice stakeholder, and the community;
6. Implementation of appropriate BWC policies that address relevant state law, privacy rights, data retention, and public release of video footage.

Funding Categories (for Categories 1-3, Agencies may invite subrecipient agencies to be included in their proposals):

- Category 1: Implementation or Expansions of BWC Programs for Small and Mid-Sized Agencies (Competition ID: BJA-2019-15304): This funding category seeks to establish new or expand existing BWC programs in police agencies with 250 or fewer sworn officers.

- Category 2: Implementation or Expansion of BWC Programs for Large Agencies (Competition ID: BJA BJA-2019-15305): This funding category seeks to establish new or expand existing BWC programs in large police agencies with more than 250 and up to 1,000 sworn officers.

- Category 3: Implementation or Expansion of BWC Programs for Extra-Large Agencies (Competition ID: BJA-2019-15306) - This funding category seeks to establish new or expand existing BWC programs in extra-large police agencies with more than 1,000 sworn officers.

- Category 4: Implementation or Expansion of BWC Programs Through State or Regional Consortia (Competition ID: BJA-2019-15307) - This funding category seeks to leverage economies of scale by enabling a single organization to apply on behalf of component agencies in order to leverage partnerships, collaboration, and joint-acquisition strategies to establish new or expand existing BWC programs.

For the program overview, see the RFP:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178038

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 28

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Category 1: Applicants may request no more than $500,000 under this category (total of $5,000,000 available).
-Category 2: Applicants may request no more than $2,000,000 under this category (total of $3,000,000 available).
-Category 3: Applicants may request no more than $3,000,000 under this category (total of $4,000,000 available).
-Category 4: Applicants may request no more than $3,000,000 under this category (total of $6,000,000 available).

Term of Contract:

All awards will be for a 36-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2019.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants 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 entities).

Applicants for the Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program to Support Law Enforcement Agencies (BWCPIP-LEA) may apply on their own behalf or in partnership with one or more additional agency that meets the eligibility criteria. For the purposes of this solicitation, correctional agencies are eligible to apply, provided they perform law enforcement functions as part of their regular duties that are supported by public funding.

For this funding opportunity, a special funding category (Category 4) is set aside to support larger partnership programs operating on a state or regional level or through an established law enforcement consortium representing publicly-funded law enforcement agencies. Any consortium representing law enforcement agencies in which an established organization is authorized to act as a legal instrument on behalf of component or member organizations is eligible to apply, even if that organization does not itself perform direct law enforcement services. Category 4 applicants could include, for example, a State Administrating Agency (SAA), state police agencies, or a regional law enforcement authority supporting the implementation of BWC across multiple subrecipient agencies. Consortia representing law enforcement agencies from a particular geographic area (e.g., a state association of law enforcement agencies or an association/consortium organized to support a department within a municipal region) are eligible. Also eligible are entities representing member law enforcement organizations in a particular area of specialization (e.g., a national or state organization/consortium with a mission to support campus law enforcement agencies).

For more details on eligibility, see the RFP:

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must register with at prior to submitting an application. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 5, 2019.

To be considered timely, an application must be submitted by the application deadline using, and the applicant must have received a validation message from that indicates successful and timely submission. OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date, to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

Every applicant entity must comply with all applicable SAM and unique entity identifier (currently, a DUNS number) requirements.

Successful applicants will be responsible for a mandatory 50 percent in-kind or cash match.

In early 2019, BJA hosted the following educational webinars to assist potential applicants interested in applying for FY 2019 funding opportunities:

- Funding Opportunities for Your Community in 2019: An Overview of What’s Ahead
- The First Steps to Applying, Prepare Now
- The Federal Funding Process: What New and Seasoned Applicants Should Consider
- Submitting Your Application: Avoid These Common Mistakes

If you were unable to participate, visit the BJA Grant Applicant Education Series Webinars page for access to YouTube recordings, downloadable versions of the presentations, as well as transcripts for each webinar:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800–518–4726, 606–545–5035, at, or at

For assistance with any other requirement of this solicitation, contact the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center:

Toll-free: 800-851-3420
TTY: 301-240-6310 (hearing impaired only)
Fax: 301-240-5830
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Funding or Pin Number:

BJA-2019-15087 (BJA-2019-15306, BJA-2019-15304, BJA-2019-15307, BJA-2019-15305)

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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