Comprehensive guidelines for the use of police body cameras are among the several important provisions of Public Act 99-0352, effective January 1, 2016. While the new law will not require body cameras, it creates a policy for their use. The bill aims to also protect privacy by providing for times where officers do not need to use the cameras.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides that only certain types of recordings can be disclosed when a FOIA request is made. These recordings include but are not limited to when a firearm is discharged by and officer or when someone is seriously injured or killed.
The hope is that the expanded use of body cameras will improve the behavior of police officers and citizens while also increasing transparency. The State will help fund the body cameras through a $5 increase in traffic tickets. It is estimated that the body cameras will cost $5.6 million over two years.
Other provisions in the bill include requiring annual in-service training for police officers to ensure officers are prepared for different scenarios. Also, the bill allows for compilation of data regarding stop and frisk interactions to learn what groups are being stopped. Officers will also be required to give a receipt to citizens who they stop and frisk. Banning chokeholds and clarification that citizens can film police officers are also among the provisions.
Illinois officials seek company to supply body cameras, www.fox32chicago.com, November 19, 2015
Pacesetting police body camera law takes effect January 1, www.isba.org, December 2015