Gov. gets police body camera standards bill

Posted at 11:53 AM, Mar 07, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A bill establishing guidelines for law enforcement agencies in Florida that use body cameras is headed to Gov. Rick Scott.

The Florida Senate passed legislation (HB 93) Monday that requires police to develop standards for the use of body cameras and how the audio and video files will be stored. It doesn't mandate that police must use body cameras.

The bill, which was approved 37-0, also requires training procedures in place for officers who use the cameras.

Legislators have supported more police and sheriff departments using body cameras because it captures more than what dash cams are able to provide.

Sen. Christopher Smith, a Democrat from Fort Lauderdale, thinks the bill will offer transparency and improve relations between the police and the public.