(a) (1) If a law enforcement agency, department, or
16entity that employs peace officers uses body-worn cameras for
17those officers, the agency, department, or entity shall develop a
18policy relating to the use of body-worn cameras.
19(2) The following definitions shall apply to this section:
20(A) “Body-worn camera” means a device attached to the
21uniform or body of a peace officer that records video, audio, or
22both, in a digital or analog format.
23(B) “Peace officer” means any person designated as a peace
24officer pursuant to this chapter.
25(b) (1) The policy shall allow a peace officer to review his or
26her body-worn camera video and audio recordings before he or
27she makes a report, is ordered to give an internal affairs statement,
28or before any criminal or civil proceeding.
29(2) A peace officer is not required to review his or her
30body-worn camera video and audio recordings before making a
31report, giving an internal affairs statement, or before any criminal
32or civil proceeding.
33(c) The policy shall be developed in accordance with the
34Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (Chapter 10 (commencing with Section
353500) of Division 4 of Title 1 of the Government Code) and the
36Ralph C. Dills Act (Chapter 10.3 (commencing with Section 3512)
37of Division 4 of Title 1 of the Government Code).
P4 1(d) In developing the policy, law enforcement
2departments, or entities are encouraged to include the following
3in the policy:
4(1) The time, place, circumstances, and duration in which the
5body-worn camera shall be operational.
6(2) Which peace officers shall wear the body-worn camera and
7when they shall wear it.
8(3) Prohibitions against the use of body-worn camera equipment
9and footage in specified circumstances, such as when the peace
10officer is off-duty.
11(4) The type of training and length of training required for
12body-worn camera usage.
13(5) Public notification of field use of body-worn cameras,
14including the circumstances in which citizens are to be notified
15that they are being recorded.
16(6) The manner in which to document a citizen’s refusal from
17being recorded under certain circumstances.
18(7) The use of body-worn camera video and audio recordings
19in internal affairs cases.
20(8) The use of body-worn camera video and audio recordings
21in criminal and civil case preparation and testimony.
22(9) The transfer and use of body-worn camera video and audio
23recordings to other law enforcement agencies, including
24establishing what constitutes a need-to-know basis and what
25constitutes a right-to-know basis.
26(10) The policy may be available to all peace officers in a
28(11) The policy may be available to the public