Rep. Beau LaFave this week introduced House Bill 4969 to require Department of Natural Resources (DNR) law enforcement officials to wear body cameras while engaging in duties and on patrol. This legislation with expand protections for officers and the public.
“Michigan law enforcement officers do great work every single day, DNR officials included,” said Rep. LaFave. “The primary purpose of this bill is to expand protections for both on-duty officers and private citizens to ensure their safety first and foremost. DNR officers often engage with residents in remote areas, and in many cases without a partner at their side. If an incident occurs, body cameras will provide proof, ensuring protection for the officers and those they encounter on duty. This is not meant as an infringement on privacy, but as a preventative and protective measure should anything happen while an officer is on duty.”
Body cameras are a tool that can help rebuild trust with the communities served by law enforcement officials and can reduce citizen complaints. Video footage allows departments to collect evidence during investigations, enabling both officers and private citizens to better defend their actions during specific encounters.
HB 4969 has been referred to the Committee on Military, Veterans and Homeland Security, of which LaFave is chair, for further consideration.
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Rep. LaFave talks about his HB 4969, which would require on-duty conservation officers in Michigan to wear body cameras. The legislation, which is currently being considered in the House Military, Veterans, and Homeland Security Committee, would, according to Rep. LaFave, have key benefits for both citizens and law enforcement.