Highland County Sheriff’s Office body camera records will have to be kept for at least a year following a meeting of the Records Commission on Wednesday.
The commission met during a recess of the Highland County Commissioner’s Wednesday session. All five members of the commission were present.
Highland County Prosecutor Anneka Collins told the commission that when the previous 90-day retention of body camera records was put into place, she did not think that length of time would be enough.
The proposed HB 585 addresses the retention of such footage, stating that it must be held “for no less than a year,” Collins said, adding that she believes the bill will pass in September.
The bill, she said, is a part of public records law and also details “some pretty strenuous guidelines” for body cameras, such as the time frame in which footage taken in a home must be provided to those residents.
An amendment to the RC2, a form required by the Records Commission concerning the retention period and disposal of documents, for the sheriff’s department, passed. It changes the retention of body camera footage to one year. Also, a motion for a new RC2 for the health department was also passed.
Also on Wednesday, commissioners held another bid opening for the handicap ramp outside the administration building. As of 9 a.m., there were no bids.
Commissioner Jeff Duncan was not present for Wednesday’s meeting.