080415CM0699SPRINGFIELD – The governor signed into law on Wednesday a measure co-sponsored by State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) to create a law that requires cameras must be turned on at all times when law enforcement officers are responding to calls for service and engaged in law-enforcement related activities.

“I have always been supportive of law enforcement since I came into the Senate as a former States Attorney of Madison County, and I am very familiar with false accusations against police officers as well as those that have a factual basis,” said Haine.  

“This legislation requiring the use of police-worn body cameras helps keep law enforcement accountable and provides for greater safety for both officers and citizens. It creates a better review process of what happens out in the field and allows for greater protections for our courageous police officers.”

The measure also requires the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board to develop basic guidelines for the use of officer-worn body cameras by law enforcement. Additionally it would require law enforcement agencies using body cameras to provide an annual report to the Board each year.

The measure, Senate Bill 1304, was signed by the governor and takes effect January 1.

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