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Body-Worn Camera Program Fact Sheet

NCJ Number
Date Published
September 2015
2 pages

This report presents summary descriptions of the resources available from the U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to assist law enforcement agencies in addressing issues related to the purchase and use of body-worn cameras (BWCs).


In providing this assistance, BJA recognizes that BWCs, when used appropriately by law enforcement officers, improve public safety, reduce crime, and promote public trust between police and community residents. The U.S. Department of Justice provides numerous resources that assist State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies in developing and improving their BWC programs. In addition to the resources described in this report, the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program provides funding for implementing BWC programs. The BJA recently announced a $20-million Body -Worn Camera Pilot Implementation Program. For the agencies receiving awards, BJA will sponsor oversight, training, and performance management for grantees. BJA has also developed a Body-Worn Camera Implementation Toolkit, which is an online resource that includes lessons learned for the implementation, policies and procedures, and research on BWC deployment. A table lists the States, localities, and award amounts involved in the 2015 Body-Worn Camera Pilot Implementation Program.