Recently, Governor DeWine announced $5 million in grant funding is now available under the Ohio Body-Worn Camera Grant Program in the state’s 2022-2023 operating budget. https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/media/news-and-media/governor-dewine-supports-law-enforcement-with-new-grant-+for-body-worn-cameras-09072021 Applications must be submitted no later than Oct. 8, 2021 5:00 p.m. The goal of the grant is to prioritize funding for agencies that have not yet established a body-worn camera program, however, agencies with existing programs are also encouraged to apply. Funding awards will be flexible to meet agencies’ individual needs and is contingent on adherence to the Ohio Community-Police Collaborative’s body-worn camera standard. Agencies not yet certified in the standard will have a pre-award condition requiring certification prior to the grant funds being released.
Law enforcement agencies with body cameras or contemplating use of body cameras are wise to seek out any and all potential funding sources. For example, the County Organized Risk Sharing Authority (CORSA) as part of its loss control program will reimburse member law enforcement agencies a portion of costs for body cameras, including video storage. CORSA member law enforcement agencies can contact Ken Hilty, CORSA Law Enforcement Coordinator, at: email@example.com or (614) 357-6966 regarding reimbursement details as well as all CORSA law enforcement offerings.