USDA Rural Development Can Provide Funding for Law Enforcement Body Cameras
INDIANAPOLIS, December 18, 2014 – With President Obama’s recent proposed goal of increasing the number of law enforcement body worn cameras by 50,000, USDA Rural Development is reminding Indiana rural police departments of its Community Programs resources.
USDA Rural Development’s Community Programs can provide funding assistance for Indiana’s rural law enforcement agencies to purchase police gear such as body worn cameras. Additionally, the program can help fund construction of police stations, fire and rescue stations, police and fire vehicles, and first responder equipment and gear.
Community Facility Loans and Guaranteed Loans may be made to develop essential community facilities in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population. Funds are available to public entities such as municipalities, counties, and special-purpose districts, as well as to non-profit corporations and tribal governments. The maximum term for all loans is 40 years or the useful life of the facility. Loan funds may be used to construct, enlarge, or improve community facilities for health care, public safety, and public services. These facilities include, but are not limited to, libraries, hospitals, elderly care facilities, child care centers, fire and rescue, vocational and medical centers, schools, and public transportation.
Community Facilities Grant Program assists rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population. Grants may be made for most of the same purposes as direct and guaranteed loans. Grants are authorized on a graduated scale.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has a portfolio of programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.