Department of Corrections to Implement Body-Worn Cameras for Select K-9 Parole Agents, K-9 Sergeants, Criminal Investigators

Mechanicsburg, PA – Department of Corrections (DOC) Acting Secretary George Little announced today the department has been awarded a federal grant to help fund a body-worn camera program within the department. 

The $90,000 grant comes from the United States Department of Justice – Bureau of Justice Assistance. The funding was initially awarded to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and then sub-granted to the DOC. The federal grant, coupled with $90,000 in matching funds from the department's budget, will allow for the purchase 45 cameras and associated accessories, video storage, and training. 

Body-worn cameras will be used by criminal investigators, K-9 parole agents, and K-9 sergeants assigned to the Bureau of Investigations and Intelligence who work outside of the DOC's secure facilities to prevent the introduction of drugs and other contraband into the system. 

"Adding body cameras to the enforcement arm of the DOC is one way to build trust and legitimacy among the public we serve," said Acting Secretary Little. "The technology also provides another tool to assist in the documentation of evidence, interactions, and conditions as investigators work to keep dangerous drugs out of our facilities." 

Purchase of the body-worn cameras and associated technology is pending, with implementation planned for the first quarter of 2023. 

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