Body-Worn Recording Equipment (BWRE) Reimbursement Grant Program For Local and University Law Enforcement Agencies
Updated - November 30, 2017
The Office of Policy and Management, as directed by Public Act 15-4 and Public Act 17-225, is offering grants-in-aid to municipal law enforcement agencies and state university police forces (special police forces established pursuant to Sec. 10a-156b) for body-worn recording equipment and digital data storage devices or services.
Public Act 17-225
Public Act No. 17-225, An Act Concerning Camera And Recording Devices And Equipment Used By Police, adds the following clarifications and eligible components for reimbursement:
ADDS eligibility for electronic defense weapon recording equipment (e.g., "taser cams”) This is NOT an electronic defense weapon replacement program.
ADDS eligibility for any municipality making a first-time purchase of one or more dashboard cameras with a remote audio recorder. This is NOT a dashboard camera replacement program.
ADDS eligibility for body worn recording equipment for constables, police officers or other persons who perform criminal law enforcement duties under the supervision of a resident state trooper serving such municipality, and digital data storage devices or services. (Resident State Troopers will be equipped with body worn recording equipment by DESPP - and NOT through this local reimbursement grant program)
EXTENDS the timeline for 100% reimbursement eligibility to June 30, 2018.
EXTENDS the timeline for 50% reimbursement eligibility to June 30, 2019.
CLARIFIES the implementation of the statutory term "sufficient quantity" (it now includes the additional phrase – “as determined by the chief of police")
ALLOWS for police departments to implement their own body worn recording equipment policy - with the caveat that it will be based upon the guidelines maintained by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection and the Police Officer Standards and Training Council.
A technical revision is required to correct a missing date reference in Public Act 17-225. The original body camera language in Public Act 15-4 (June Special Session) was amended by Public Act 17-225 (see Substitute House Bill No. 7308; Public Act No. 17-225; An Act Concerning Camera And Recording Devices And Equipment Used By Police.) to extend the date of 100% reimbursement eligibility (1 year - through June 30, 2018) for reimbursement for the purchase of body cameras AND digital storage devices. Under the revised language in Public Act 17-225, the date has NOT been extended to include reimbursement for digital storage devices/services costs. The Office of Policy and Management has submitted a legislative proposal to correct that error.
Public Act 15-4 (PDF Download)
Public Act 17-225 (PDF Download)
- Click here for the BWRE Application Package
This is a reimbursement grant. This is NOT an advance payment grant.
Municipalities taking advantage of this program must procure the necessary body worn cameras and storage devices and/or contracts with locally budgeted funds and submit an application for reimbursement. The reimbursement request must include, among other things, invoices and cancelled checks for those equipment purchases.
Federal Funds and Private Contributions
Any body worn cameras and storage devices and/or contracts procured with Federal Asset Forfeiture Funds, Federal grant funds, private contribution or private foundation funds are NOT eligible for reimbursement under this program.
Time Period Covered and Reimbursement Rate
Reimbursement grants are available within the following parameters:
- Time Period #1: January 1, 2012 through June 30, 2016; 100% reimbursement for equipment; 100% of 1 Year (only) of service contract.
- Time Period #2: July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017; 100% reimbursement for equipment; 100% of 1 Year (only) of service contract.
- Time Period #3: July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018; 100% reimbursement for equipment; 0% (none) of 1 Year (only) of service contract (pending legislative change).
- Time Period #4: July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019; 50% reimbursement for equipment; 50% of 1 Year (only) of service contract.
Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council General Notice 15-05
Acceptance of these funds will require that:
- The procurement and distribution of any and all Body-Worn Recording Equipment contained in this application is in conformance with all requirements identified in Public Act 15-4 and Public Act 17-225.
- All appropriate officials of the Municipality or law enforcement agency must review the "Policy - Use of Body Worn Cameras" promulgated by the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council General Notice 15-05 and agree that their department’s body worn recording equipment policy will be based upon the guidelines maintained by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection and the Police Officer Standards and Training Council.
Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council
General Notice 15-05: "Policy - Use of Body Worn Cameras"
Minimum Technical Specifications
For More Information
For additional questions and information about this grant program, please contact:Nichole Howe
Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division
Office of Policy and Management