The actions taken by police officers when dealing with a situation has been a touchy subject lately, with lots of controversy generated over events that have transpired, sometimes without any visual aid to back up any claims made by an officer or an alleged victim. Because of this, there has been an increasingly vocal outcry for the use of body cameras by law enforcement officers at all times and better training. Here in Florida, lawmakers are once again taking the steps to enact legislation aimed at law enforcement agencies, requiring them to use body cameras and come up with policies and protocols regulating these cameras and what footage is captured.
Having policies in place should go a long way in ensuring that body cameras are being used in an appropriate and consistent matter, or so lawmakers believe. Back in the spring, the proposal was making its way through the appropriate channels before the legislative session ended and the bill stalled in the Senate. Police chiefs, county sheriffs, and law enforcement groups are now among the people voicing their support for the new proposal set to be evaluated in 2016.
All of Florida’s more than 300 agencies will not be required to use body cameras as this would prove to be far costly and there are agencies that do not have the capacity to do it. Passing the legislation would affect less than ten percent of Florida’s agencies as many of them have not purchased the technology.
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