By Dave Dunwoody

Legislation moving through the Florida Senate would require law enforcement agencies to set up guidelines for the use of body cameras. One local department appears to be ahead of the curve.

The measure, passed unanimously by the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Tuesday, not only mandates policy, but also the training of personnel and the storing of the video. Baker State Senator Greg Evers, the committee chairman, says the recordings would only be used when officers are performing their duties.

“If the deputy, or the wearer of the body camera, is not doing something to support his law enforcement duties, then anything else aside from that is non-permissible,” said Evers. 

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