United States Donates to Brazil 400 Body-Worn Cameras for Police Use

The donation includes management software and training 

Brasilia, December 21, 2023: The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil officially announced today the donation of 400 body-worn cameras to Brazil for use by the Federal Highway Police in the state of Rio de Janeiro and the Military Police in Bahia. The event was attended by U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, Minister of Justice and Public Security Flávio Dino, First Lady Janja Lula da Silva, Minister of Women Aparecida Gonçalves, Minister of Development and Social Assistance Wellington Dias, Governor of Ceará Elmano de Freitas, and other Brazilian authorities. 

“Our countries share a rich common agenda promoting citizen safety, democracy, and human rights. I am sure I speak for both of our nations when I say that we look forward to the successful implementation of these body cameras as another example of what two determined partners with shared goals can achieve as we strive to deliver citizen security for our people,” Ambassador Bagley said during the ceremony. 

The donation, announced during the relaunch of the Brazil-U.S. Joint Action Plan to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Discrimination and Promote Equality (JAPER),  will help strengthen public security and reduce violence, a vital part of the bilateral agenda. It will also assist Brazil in advancing a national body-worn camera program that benefits all aspects of civil security, particularly protecting the rights of the most vulnerable populations. 

With an estimated value of one million dollars, the donation of cameras, management software, and training is part of the Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement Cooperation Agreement signed in 2008 by Brazil and the United States, with participation from the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL).  

Official photos of the event are available at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/embaixadaeua-brasil/albums/72177720313558519