The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and Justice & Security Strategies (JSS) specifically designed this body-worn camera program to fund small, rural, and tribal law enforcement agencies in the United States and its territories. As a “micro-grant” program, SRT BWC focuses on its customer base by emphasizing the need to make grants administration easier while maintaining high standards. Thus, using innovative technology and data are the foundations for the program.

Our customers include:

(1) a small agency is any law enforcement agency with less than or equal to 50 sworn-officers;

(2) a rural agency is an agency serving what is called a non-metro county (found here); and

(3) a tribal agency is any federally recognized tribe with a designated law enforcement agency.

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Justice & Security Strategies, Inc (JSS)

JSS is a consulting firm that works with law enforcement and criminal justice agencies throughout the country and internationally. We specialize in research, evaluation, training, and technical assistance. Dr. Craig D. Uchida and Dr. Shellie E. Solomon have experience in all facets of grants management, having worked at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), U.S. Department of Justice. JSS has served as a partner with CNA and Arizona State University on the Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Project (BWCPIP) since 2015. Importantly, JSS has conducted extensive research on BWCs including an evaluation of LAPD’s program and more recently on digital evidence (BWC footage) in seven sites.

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Bureau of Justice Assistance

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) assists the criminal justice system by providing grants, training and technical assistance, and policy development services to state, local, and tribal governments. One of its major initiatives is to assist agencies with body-worn cameras. Since 2015 the Body-Worn Camera Policy Implementation Program (BWCPIP) has provided over $100 million to over 500 criminal justice agencies to support their BWC efforts. In 2021, BJA established the Small, Rural, and Tribal BWC program (SRT BWC) by working with Justice & Security Strategies to provide micro-grants to those agencies.

BJA is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.