Body Worn Video Steering Group

Should correctional officers use body worn video?

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Correctional staff work the toughest precincts in the country with some of society’s problematic citizens. This body worn camera technology could be an effective device in their roles.

The innovation of technology has fundamentally revolutionized how society communicates and acquires knowledge.

Positives of video surveillance
• improved visual coverage of movement and activity
• accountability of behaviour and order with live and recorded capabilities

The technology can mitigate false accusations made by inmates and avoid costly litigation by those in their custody. The biggest saving would be time as staff can use the pre-recorded video to prove what really happened.

The use of body worn video in police forces has had an overwhelmingly positive impact on enhancing officer safety and reduced liability – this can be used for correction officers also. Correction officers have to face similar challenges to police officers and may need evidence in an incident.

Departments will not have to rely on prolonged staff reports and inmate statements. They can now go directly to the video recording. The recording will give a truthful account of what happened – this assurance can’t be said for staff and inmate statements.

With the addition of body camera audio and video, work environments will be safer for everyone – especially staff.

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