In October 2015, Central Bucks Regional Police Department was awarded a grant from The Office of Justice Programs, BJA to form a collaboration of eight law enforcement agencies in Bucks County to implement BWCs. The Collaboration has met on a monthly basis to explore the suitability and feasibility of BWCs. A community survey was conducted in December 2015 returning positive feedback from the public regarding the deployment of BWCs. Research conducted included companies and equipment, best practices for storage of the data and a comprehensive protocol and policy for the application of BWCs. The Collaboration consisted of representatives from each law enforcement agency and the Bucks County District Attorney’s office.
Once the trial phase has been completed and evaluated, the Collaboration will make adjustments, if any, and proceed to full deployment, in October 2016, which include the following jurisdictions: Boroughs of Chalfont, Doylestown, and New Britain, Townships of Lower Southampton, Northampton, Plumstead, Warminster, Warrington, and the Bucks County Sheriff’s Department.