House Advances Moul Bill to Protect Wildlife and Waterways Conservation Officers
HARRISBURG – The House today passed legislation, sponsored by Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams/Franklin), 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.

“Wildlife and Waterways Conservation Officers routinely encounter dangerous situations on the job,” said Moul. “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. I believe the presence of body cameras may help to deter such crimes and would aid law enforcement in their investigations.”

WCOs previously had the ability to use body cameras on the job, but an update of the state’s Wiretap Act earlier this year failed to include them in the definition of a “law enforcement officer” under the law.

Moul’s bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Representative Dan Moul
91st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Donna Pinkham
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