Body Worn Camera Campaign
Update: September 18, 2021
In anticipation of the approval of full funding in Fiscal Year 2022 for the Police Body-Worn Camera Program by the Howard County Council on October 4, the PATF-HoCo plans to engage with County law enforcement regarding best practices that will achieve a model implementation supporting the best interests of both Howard County residents and law enforcement. Based on a great deal of research by our team, we have compiled two Key Implementation Recommendations documents. The first is a top level highlights document, and the second is a document with a more detailed set of recommendations.
We want to ensure that the document reflects the wishes of the Howard County community, and we would love to get feedback from our coalition partners. We ask that coalition partner members review the two documents below and provide feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 10/2/2021.
Update: August 20, 2021
Today, the County Executive has announced that he will provide an update on the BWC Program on Monday, August 23, 2021. In his announcement he states that “Funding for the program is currently in contingency funding status in the FY2022 operating budget.”
Simply addressing the contingency funds of $475K while ignoring the much larger gutting of the program funding will not be acceptable to PATF or to our Community. We are calling on Dr. Ball to not only address the contingency funding of $475k, but also to reinstate the full funding for the BWC Program at $3.8M in FY22 and to take all necessary measures to ensure full GO LIVE implementation of the program by the end of 2021.
We have been disappointed by the County Executive before when he announced the program and quickly gutted it. So we hope that on Monday, he will provide an explanation of how he will find the remaining $3.3 million for the program in addition to the small $475k contingency funding.
The time for action is long overdue.
Two Days of Action (August 19 and 20, 2021)
Howard County Body Worn Camera (BWC) Program Update: June 4, 2021
Status of Campaign: May 21, 2021
Status of Campaign: March 24, 2021
The Petition Letter
Coalition of Citizens and Community Organization Supporters
African American Coalition of Howard County
African American Community Roundtable
American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland
Chinese American Network for Diversity and Opportunity
Columbia Democratic Club
Howard County Citizens Association
Howard County Coalition for Immigrant Justice
Indivisible Howard County
Maryland Poor People's Campaign
Our Revolution Howard County
Progressive Democrats of Howard County