Florida Senate - 2017 CS for CS for SB 624
By the Committees on Judiciary; and Criminal Justice; and
1 A bill to be entitled
2 An act relating to body cameras; amending s. 943.1718,
3 F.S.; requiring law enforcement agencies that permit
4 law enforcement officers to wear body cameras to
5 establish policies and procedures that include a
6 provision permitting a law enforcement officer using a
7 body camera to review body camera footage before
8 taking certain actions; providing an exception;
9 providing an effective date.
11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
13 Section 1. Subsection (2) of section 943.1718, Florida
14 Statutes, is amended to read:
15 943.1718 Body cameras; policies and procedures.—
16 (2) A law enforcement agency that permits its law
17 enforcement officers to wear body cameras shall establish
18 policies and procedures addressing the proper use, maintenance,
19 and storage of body cameras and the data recorded by body
20 cameras. The policies and procedures must include:
21 (a) General guidelines for the proper use, maintenance, and
22 storage of body cameras.
23 (b) Any limitations on which law enforcement officers are
24 permitted to wear body cameras.
25 (c) Any limitations on law-enforcement-related encounters
26 and activities in which law enforcement officers are permitted
27 to wear body cameras.
28 (d) A provision permitting a law enforcement officer using
29 a body camera to review the recorded footage from the body
30 camera, upon his or her own initiative or request, before
31 writing a report or providing a statement regarding an event
32 arising within the scope of his or her official duties. Any such
33 provision may not apply to an officer’s inherent duty to
34 immediately disclose information necessary to secure an active
35 crime scene or to identify suspects or witnesses.
(d) General guidelines for the proper storage,
37 retention, and release of audio and video data recorded by body
39 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.