WCO Body Camera Legislation Advances

HARRISBURG – The PA House approved a bill to enable Wildlife Conservation Officers and Waterways Conservation Officers (WCOs) to use body cameras while on the job. House Bill 2178 would classify WCOs as law enforcement officers under the Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Control Act. Doing so would enable WCOs to use body cameras in the performance of their duties, provided they complete required training on the legal and technical aspects of wiretapping and electronic surveillance. Bill sponsor, Rep. Dan Moul of Adams & Franklin Counties said tragically, Adams County Wildlife Conservation Officer David Grove was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a felon in illegal possession of a firearm in 2010. Moul believes the presence of body cameras may help to deter such crimes and would aid law enforcement in their investigations. The bill now goes to the state Senate for consideration.

REP. DAN MOUL

REP. DAN MOUL

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