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File #: 1973-2021    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 7/8/2021 In control: Rules & Reference Committee
On agenda: 7/19/2021 Final action: 7/22/2021
Title: To amend Chapter 1914 of the Columbus City Codes, pertaining to the activation of body-worn cameras and enact a new section 1914.03 relating to the participation in State and Federal Law Enforcement Taskforces by Columbus Division of Police officers; and to declare an emergency.
Sponsors: Mitchell Brown
Explanation

BACKGROUND

The purpose of this ordinance is to amend Chapter 1914 of the Columbus City Codes, pertaining to the activation of body-worn cameras and adding a new section 1914.03 relating to the participation in State and Federal Law Enforcement Taskforces by Columbus Division of Police officers.

These amendments will:
* Ensure officers are able to serve on Federal taskforces without violating the Columbus City Codes.
* Ensure that officers are given exemptions that are needed when working an assignment to a federal or state law enforcement taskforces with which the Division of Police has a memorandum of understanding.

EMERGENCY DESIGNATION: Emergency action is requested in order to ensure that the Division of Police has appropriate standards set as soon as possible for the activation of body-worn cameras and standards set for their participation in State and Federal Law Enforcement Taskforces.

Title

To amend Chapter 1914 of the Columbus City Codes, pertaining to the activation of body-worn cameras and enact a new section 1914.03 relating to the participation in State and Federal Law Enforcement Taskforces by Columbus Division of Police officers; and to declare an emergency.

Body

WHEREAS, Columbus City Council created new chapter 1914 of the Columbus City Codes pertaining to the use of body-worn cameras; and

WHEREAS, upon additional feedback from the Division of Police and the Columbus City Attorney’s office, Council now proposes to amend chapter 1914 to reflect operational necessities and concerns for the Police; and

WHEREAS, an emergency exists in the usual daily operation of the Department of Public Safety, in that it is necessary to ensure that the Division of Police has the appropriate standards set as soon as possible for the use of body-worn- cameras and participation in State and Federal Law Enforcement Taskforces, for the immediate preservation of the public health, peace, property, safety, and welfare; NOW, THEREFORE,

BE...

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