Oakland County Sheriff’s Office to Implement Body Camera Program – The Oakland Press
The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is moving forward with the implementation of a body camera program.
After years of research and studies into how such a program works, the state’s third-largest law enforcement agency is expected to contract Motorola this fall to equip 1,030 MPs with body cameras, including those on highway patrol, working in corrections, and in the courts.
On Thursday, the Council of Commissioners approved a general fund allocation of $ 1.5 million to pay for initial one-time costs associated with the program. In the first five years, the program is expected to cost between $ 4.5 million and $ 5 million to operate, which includes expenses related to equipment, maintenance and operation of the system as well as hiring of several new full-time positions.
To help offset program costs incurred in the first three years, the Sheriff’s Office requested a grant of $ 1.37 million from the US Department of Justice that would be used to purchase the 1,030 body cameras in addition to the accessories, software support and maintenance. This grant program required correspondence from the county.
Scott Guzzy, the county’s purchasing administrator, said the county expects to hear from the federal government on the status of the grant by mid-October “at the earliest.” The DOJ grant application budget does not include IT hours, new positions, or year 4 and 5 costs, as the grant only covers a 3 year period.
He told The Oakland Press that after all program dollars were secured and approved by the board of commissioners, Guzzy said the contract could be signed and executed with Motorola “within days.”
The additional dollars needed to fund the program would come from the county general fund, but could also be offset by a portion of the $ 10 million in grants currently allocated to body camera programs in the state legislature’s proposed budget for l ‘fiscal year 2022.
Deputy Sheriff Michael McCabe told The Oakland Press that the sheriff’s office plans to ask for its share of these state grants to further support the implementation of the program.
15 of the county’s 43 law enforcement agencies currently have body camera programs, according to McCabe.
In addition to approving the $ 1.5 million to support the program, the board also approved the establishment of the Body Worn Camera Program Implementation Review Committee. By October 15, the committee must submit a report to the board of directors detailing:
- One-time upfront costs associated with the program and expected equipment replacement costs in future years
- Ongoing annual costs associated with the program, implications and options for incorporation into the county budget
- Impact on the rates of local law enforcement service contracts
- County policy implications and options
- Context of departmental implementation plans and associated internal operational policies for the use of body cameras and data generated by these cameras