WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) awarded two grants totaling $43,543 to the City of White Plains and the Village of Spring Valley law enforcement for body-worn cameras.
White Plains will receive $31,638, and Spring Valley will receive $11,905.
“It is imperative that we provide our local law enforcement personnel with the equipment necessary to keep our communities safe and secure, while fostering accountability,” said Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland), the Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee.
“I’m pleased these DOJ grants will allow White Plains and Spring Valley to implement body camera technology. As Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue working to protect investments to build trust between police and the communities they serve,” Lowey continued.
The grant is part of DOJ’s Body-Worn Camera Pilot Implementation Program (BWC PIP), which supports the implementation of body-worn camera programs in law enforcement agencies across the country. The program helps agencies develop, implement and evaluate a BWC program as one tool in a law enforcement agency’s 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
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