Police in Wood River will soon be fitted with body cameras, well ahead of any legislation passed at the state capital. While there is a bill lawmakers in Springfield are expected to see this fall requiring the cameras, Wood River has already ordered 14 cameras and the associated software.
Wood River Police Chief Otis Steward says it may take up to three months to take delivery of the cameras, so in the meantime his department will be working on a policy to govern their use. He says one of the points of discussion in the proposed law is how long to store the footage. At the moment, lawmakers are suggesting two years.
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The legislation introduced earlier this year would tack a six-dollar surcharge on all traffic and criminal fines. Money raised would go toward helping police departments purchase squad car and body video cameras to record events. It's estimated the fine increases would raise about four to six million dollars a year.