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Study of police body cams clears NC House

A bill calling for a study of the use of body cameras by state and local law enforcement passed the N.C. House unanimously on Monday evening.

House Bill 811 directs the Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the Sheriffs' Education and Training Standards Commission to work the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys, and any other organizations the first two agencies deem appropriate to prepare the study for delivery next year.

The study would be broad in scope, including the feasibility of having all enforcement officers use them, how to cover the cost, training, best practices for recording, and public access to recordings.

The House passed a bill last week that would shield body-cam recordings from public view unless the law enforcement agency determined it was in the interest of public safety to release it.

“This reaches out and tries to bring together all the information necessary for us to make the right policy decisions, the right financial decisions, et cetera, before we dive into this new world of body cameras,” said Rep. John Faircloth, a High Point Republican and one of the bill’s sponsors.