Moul Bill to Expand Use of Body Cameras on Way to Governor
HARRISBURG – 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 is now on its way to the governor’s desk.

Today, the House overwhelmingly concurred in Senate amendments to House Bill 2178, legislation that will classify WCOs as law enforcement officers under the Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Control Act.  Doing so will enable WCOs to use body cameras in the performance of their duties, provided they have completed required training, sanctioned by the Pennsylvania State Police, on the legal and technical aspects of wiretapping and electronic surveillance.

“Wildlife and waterways conservation officers routinely encounter potentially dangerous situations on the job,” said Moul.  “Tragically, Adams County Wildlife Conservation Officer David L. Grove of Fairfield was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a felon in illegal possession of a fire arm in 2010. The presence of body cameras will help to deter such crimes as would-be perpetrators will know their actions are being recorded. Likewise, WCOs who are being recorded will act in a more professional manner. The recordings will also aid law enforcement in its investigations.”  

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

Representative Dan Moul
91st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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