AN ACT requiring state police to wear a camera when interacting with the public.

SPONSORS: Rep. Tasker, Rock 2; Rep. M. Mann, Rock 32; Rep. Murotake, Hills 32; Rep. Beaudoin, Straf 9; Rep. G. Johnsen, Ches 7; Rep. Gagne, Hills 13; Rep. Theberge, Coos 3; Rep. O'Flaherty, Hills 12

COMMITTEE: Criminal Justice and Public Safety


This bill requires state police to wear a camera when interacting with the public.

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In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Fourteen

AN ACT requiring state police to wear a camera when interacting with the public.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 New Section; State Police; Camera Required. Amend RSA 106-B by inserting after section 8 the following new section:

106-B:8-a Camera Required. Each uniformed law enforcement officer of the division of state police shall, at all times when the officer is interacting with the public in his or her official capacity, wear an operating camera with a microphone for audio capture. The division of state police shall catalog and preserve video and audio recorded by the cameras. The director of state police shall have a written policy that outlines, at a minimum, the proper uses of the equipment, the times when the camera is to be activated, conditions under which is it permissible not to have the camera activated, the retention period for the tapes or other recording media, the method for replacing defective or nonfunctioning equipment, and a logging policy to record failures or periods when the equipment is down for repairs. The policy shall be on file at the agency and open to public inspection or available on the department of safety’s website.

2 Wiretapping; Permissible Uses. Amend RSA 570-A:2, II(j) to read as follows:

(j) A uniformed law enforcement officer to make an audio recording in conjunction with a video recording [of a routine stop performed] in the ordinary course of [patrol] the officer’s duties [on any way as defined by RSA 259:125] or as required by law, provided that the officer shall first give notification of such recording to the party to the communication.

3 New Section; Rights of Accused; Video and Audio Recordings. Amend RSA 604 by inserting after section 3 the following new section:

604:4 Video and Audio Recordings. In any prosecution, if the state expects to offer the testimony of a law enforcement officer against a defendant and the law enforcement officer was required by law to record video or audio information of his or her interaction with the defendant, the state shall produce a copy of the video or audio information in a reasonably usable format upon the defendant’s request. If the state does not produce the video or audio information, the defendant is entitled to a spoliation instruction substantially stating that the missing information should be presumed favorable to the defendant.

4 Appropriation. The sum of $500,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016 is hereby appropriated to the department of safety, division of state police for the purpose of camera purchases, maintenance, and repair, and related equipment and services. This appropriations is in addition to any other funds appropriated to the department of safety. The governor is authorized to draw a warrant for said sums out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

5 Effective Date. This act shall take effect June 1, 2016.





AN ACT requiring state police to wear a camera when interacting with the public.




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