Howard County Executive Calvin Ball provided the following announcement today:
On Monday, August 23rd, at 11:00 a.m. my team and I will provide an update on the Howard County body-worn camera program. Funding for the program is currently in contingency funding status in the FY2022 operating budget.
Watch live on the “Howard County Executive Calvin Ball” Facebook page. A sign language interpreter will be available.
After an announcement to move forward with body-worn cameras and then an announced delay the program…it looks like we will get another update next week about this program in Howard County. I have done my best to cover the issue on the blog and below is a listing of articles on the blog and from other sources that shows a timeline of events:
June 19, 2020: County Executive Ball Announces Revisiting Howard County Police Department’s Body Worn Cameras
County Executive Calvin Ball and Police Chief Lisa Myers today addressed the implementation of a body-worn camera program for the Howard County Police Department. (Read More)
March 25, 2021: Howard County Announces Implementation of Body Worn Cameras in Fiscal Year 2022:
Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced the implementation of a body worn camera program will be included in his Fiscal Year 2022 (FY 2022) operating budget (Read More)
March 25, 2021: Howard County Citizens and Community Organizations Applaud Announcement of the Implementation of the Body Worn Camera Program
The Police Accountability Task Force of Howard County (PATF-HoCo) is Pleased to Join the County Executive today at the Announcement of the Implementation of the Body Worn Camera Program at the Howard County Police Department (Read More)
May 18, 2021: Howard County Executive Ball amends proposed budget, giving more to schools and delaying police body camera program (Howard County Times article on Yahoo)
As a result of giving more money to the school system, Ball is proposing a roughly yearlong delay in the implementation of the police department’s body-worn camera program, defunding staffing vacancies in the county and restructuring costs associated with the opening of the new courthouse. (Read More)
May 22, 2021: Howard County Citizens and Community Organizations Express Outrage and Disappointment at the Announced Delay of the Body Worn Camera Program
The Police Accountability Task Force of Howard County (PATF-HoCo) is outraged at this week’s Announcement by the County Executive of the delay of the Body Worn Camera Program (Read More)
May 26, 2021: Howard County Council Passes County Executive Ball’s Budget with Record School Funding (Howard County Government Press Release)
$981,000 in PAYGO funding for body-worn cameras/equipment. The program, including funding for the 26 positions across Howard County Police Department, State’s Attorney’s Office, and Sherriff’s Department, will be fully funded by spring of Fiscal Year 2022. (Read More)
I will embed the press conference here on this post on Monday.