Law-enforcement agencies, local; body-worn camera systems. (HB402)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Local law-enforcement agencies; body-worn camera systems. Requires localities to adopt and establish a written policy for the operation of a body-worn camera system, as defined in the bill, that conforms to the model policy established by the Department of Criminal Justice Services (the Department) prior to purchasing or deploying a body-worn camera system. The bill requires the Department to establish a model policy for the operation of body-worn camera systems and the storage and maintenance of body-worn camera system records. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/05/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101024D
01/05/2018Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/15/2018Assigned MPPS sub: Subcommittee #2
01/24/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB402)
02/01/2018Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (5-Y 0-N)
02/13/2018Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety


ACLU-VA Police Practices, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

As we did last year, the ACLU of Virginia will oppose any bill, including HB402, that simply directs law enforcement to implement body cams policies consistent with an unspecified DCJS model policy. We have very serious concerns with the current DCJS model policy as documented in our report on body cams available for download here, The current DCJS model policy was developed and published without any input from public stakeholders. We were only allowed to review a draft after publication and NO changes were made in the draft following our review and submission of comments. Neither was the model policy approved by the Governor’s law enforcement technology task force before it was published.

We would support legislation like this offered by Delegate Carr in 2015,, that guarantees appropriate stakeholder involvement in the development of any model policy and specifies certain provisions that must be in all policies, assuring that a person in Fairfax will not experience the use of body cams differently than a person in another jurisdiction when it comes to some basic issues like access to video of oneself, the right to know you are being filmed, etc.