Establishing a Grant Program for Body-worn Cameras
Posted by Mitchell Englander on June 26, 2015 at 12:00 PM
This Wednesday, the City Council unanimously passed the resolution by myself and my colleague Councilmember Curren Price to support for California State Assembly Bill 65 (Alejo), which would establish a grant program for the purpose of matching federal funds available to local law enforcement entities to purchase body-worn cameras and related equipment.
City of Los Angeles recently announced earlier this year that it will be purchasing and deploying 7,000 body-worn cameras on officers across the Police Department. These cameras, while an important addition to a police officer's toolkit, represent a significant cost to local jurisdictions.
AB 65 would transfer funds from the state's General Fund to the California Department of Justice to establish a grant program to help local jurisdictions meet the federal match requirements. This would enable the City of Los Angeles to purchase body-worn cameras with a lower fiscal impact to the City's budget. Additionally, if passed AB 65 would encourage more local jurisdictions in California to purchase body-worn cameras, increasing transparency and accountability for police departments.
Click here to read full resolution.
-Mitchell Englander, Chair Public Safety Committee