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South Staffordshire Police have been equipped with body cameras in a bid to fight crime, reports a local paper.
All front line officers in Staffordshire now have access to body cameras. The move has been funded by Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis who is a keen advocate for the technology:
“Body cameras will revolutionise evidence gathering and help ensure complaints are dealt with more efficiently and cost effectively.
“They are part of rigorous efforts to ensure everything that’s done is open, honest and transparent so that public confidence across policing and criminal justice is improved.
“The advantage of having these cameras is that they start to remove any doubts as to what happened, because it’s caught on film.
“They will help officers get the best possible evidence and they will protect people who are being arrested and will save a vast amount of time by providing actual pictorial evidence in court rather than thousands and thousands of words.”
Local police team leader Inspector Geoff Knight described the introduction of the body cameras as a major step forward.
The body cameras are high definition and can be easily mounted onto an officer’s body armour. It can be operated by a touch of a button to record video and audio at crime scenes, including low-light situations, which can then be played directly in court as evidence.
Inspector Knight said: “The quality is superb. It’s something we’ve been rolling out steadily which is now available to all trained staff.”
The body cameras will provide vital visual evidence in key investigations, while improving transparency when dealing with the public. It’s also expected the cameras will lead to efficiencies and savings at court through the use of video evidence, cutting paperwork and helping to get officers back on the streets.