Training group settles on guidelines for police body cameras

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- New guidelines for the use of body cameras require all South Carolina law officers - whether in uniform or not - to wear and use the cameras if they interact with the public.

The Greenville News reports ( ) the state Law Enforcement Training Council approved the new guidelines last Friday.

State lawmakers this year passed legislation requiring the cameras be worn by law officers. The Training Council, comprised of 11 state agency directors and law enforcement officials, was directed to come up with guidelines for using the use of the cameras.

Under the guidelines, law enforcement officers must document in writing or on the recording itself if they, for any reason, discontinue using the cameras.

The guidelines exempt recording conversations between law officers themselves and conversations with undercover informants.

Officials say law enforcement will have to submit their individual policies by March 7th and then request funds for purchasing the cameras.