State Senator Connor Supports Legislation to Expand Use of Cameras to Fight Crime – Shaw Local

State Senate John Connor was a key sponsor of two recent moves to provide law enforcement with better technological tools to solve crime.

Connor, D-Lockport, was a lead co-sponsor of HB 260, which allows more city law enforcement agencies to use freeway camera footage to investigate shootings, carjackings, terrorism and forced crimes, according to a press release.

The measure would require agencies to create a web page with details about the program’s goals and the counties where the program operates.

“I have been an advocate for better technology tools for law enforcement since before I entered the legislature,” Connor said in a statement. “Expecting better results from law enforcement without providing them with the tools of the 21st century is not the formula for success. Traffic cameras can be useful not only for highway shootings, but also for many other dangerous crimes where perpetrators travel to and from crime on our highways.

Connor was also a lead co-sponsor of HB 4481 which expands the Expressway Camera Act, which currently only affects Cook County, to include state highways in nearby pass counties and including Will , such as DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake and McHenry. , in addition to many others throughout the state.

“By giving local law enforcement broader access to the camera technology that already exists, we’re giving them better tools in the toolbox to build cases and make arrests,” Connor said.

“We have technology that can help prevent and investigate crimes to keep residents safe, and we need to expand, improve and fund law enforcement access to this technology in bills like these. here,” Connor said.

Both bills were passed by the General Assembly this month.

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