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Senator Haine supports police body cameras

haine-bodycamsSPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate passed a measure today 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.

“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,” said Haine. “It would create a better review process of what happens out in the field and allow 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 passed the General Assembly today and will be sent to the governor for consideration.

Sen. William R. Haine

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Assistant Majority Leader
56th District

Years served:
2002 - 2018

Committee assignments: Criminal Law; Insurance (Vice-Chairperson); Judiciary; Licensed Activities and Pensions; Veterans Affairs.

Biography: Born 8 August 1944, in Alton, Illinois. United States Army Veteran; one tour of duty, Vietnam (1967-69); Bachelors Degree, St. Louis University (1967); Juris Doctorate, St. Louis University School of Law (1974). Member, Madison County Board (1978, 1982-86); Metro-East Transit District Board of Trustees (1981-88); Madison County State's Attorney (1988-2002). Wife, Anna, 7 children, 31 grandchildren.