Mahan: House passes bill creating guidelines for police body cams

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Tuesday, January 26, 2016 4:57 pm

House passes bill creating guidelines for police body cams

 INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 26, 2016) – The Indiana House of Representative passed legislation with a vote of 65-30, that creates guidelines for law enforcement agencies that incorporate body cameras and other technology. 

State Rep. Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City) authored this bill to ensure that law enforcement recordings are utilized effectively and protect all parties involved. House Bill (HB) 1019 would ensure that these recordings are handled in a manner that protects individuals while not creating a prejudicial effect on ongoing civil or criminal proceedings. 

“As a former sheriff, I have learned a lot about body cameras and their impact on local communities, and I feel that this bill provides appropriate guidelines to law enforcement agencies who incorporate this technology,” Mahan said. “With this complex issue, it is important to balance transparency for the public while maintaining individual privacy rights.” 

HB 1019 was a product of last year’s Interim Study on Government, in which many stakeholders weighed in to find a balance between citizens’ rights and government transparency. These guidelines are for local police departments looking to implement and utilize technology such as body-cameras in order to better protect and serve their community. 

HB 1019 now goes to the Senate for consideration. To read more about this legislation, visit www.iga.in.gov.

 

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Rep. Mahan represents portions of Blackford, Delaware, Grant and Wells counties.