STAMFORD, CT -- Mayor David Martin announced today that Stamford will receive $338,000 from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to purchase Body-Worn Cameras (BWC). The City of Stamford was awarded this grant after applying to the Body-Worn Camera Pilot Implementation Program, which was announced by the Department of Justice in May, 2015 as part of President Barack Obama’s push to buy 50,000 cameras for law enforcement over a three-year period.
“Body-Worn Cameras have been shown to increase public safety and better protect police officers and the public. That is our goal,” said Mayor Martin. “We hope to have the cameras in use in our police department by early next year. Careful implementation of this program is going to be key so that no one’s rights are being infringed upon. I look forward to working with Chief Jon Fontneau & Director Ted Jankowski on this important initiative.”
The city is one of only three in the state of Connecticut to be awarded this grant and will receive $338,000 from the DOJ, which it will match dollar for dollar, giving the Stamford BWC program $676,000 for cameras.
"The Department of Justice grant allows the Stamford Police Department to move forward with our strategy for improving public and Police Officer safety, reducing crime and improving public trust between the Stamford Police Department and the citizens served,” commented Ted Jankowski, Director of Public Safety and Welfare.
Stamford’s application was one of 285 submitted to the Department of Justice since May, 2015, with 73 of those applications receiving funding. The 285 applications requested 55,000 cameras for Police Departments all over the country. The BWC Pilot Implementation Program was created in May to respond to immediate needs of local law enforcement organizations.
More information about the grants can be found at: https://www.bja.gov/bwc/pdfs/BWCPIP-Award-Fact-Sheet.pdf