Florida Senate - 2017                              CS for SB 624
       By the Committee on Criminal Justice; and Senator Steube
       591-02114-17                                           2017624c1
    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 effective date.
   10  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   12         Section 1. Subsection (2) of section 943.1718, Florida
   13  Statutes, is amended to read:
   14         943.1718 Body cameras; policies and procedures.—
   15         (2) A law enforcement agency that permits its law
   16  enforcement officers to wear body cameras shall establish
   17  policies and procedures addressing the proper use, maintenance,
   18  and storage of body cameras and the data recorded by body
   19  cameras. The policies and procedures must include:
   20         (a) General guidelines for the proper use, maintenance, and
   21  storage of body cameras.
   22         (b) Any limitations on which law enforcement officers are
   23  permitted to wear body cameras.
   24         (c) Any limitations on law-enforcement-related encounters
   25  and activities in which law enforcement officers are permitted
   26  to wear body cameras.
   27         (d) A provision permitting a law enforcement officer using
   28  a body camera to review the recorded footage from the body
   29  camera, upon his or her own initiative or request, before
   30  writing a report or providing a statement regarding an event
   31  arising within the scope of his or her official duties, except
   32  when an officer provides information at the scene of an incident
   33  for the sole purposes of identifying and preserving the crime
   34  scene and identifying witnesses and suspects.
   35         (e)(d) General guidelines for the proper storage,
   36  retention, and release of audio and video data recorded by body
   37  cameras.
   38         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.