Cops begin use of body worn cameras

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

POLICE officers across the Newry, Mourne and Down Policing District have begun to use body worn video cameras when they are on duty.

Superintendent Paul Reid spoke about the move, which came into effect from yesterday (Monday).

“We continuously strive to identify new ways to support the delivery of effective front-line policing. This includes the use of new and emerging technological solutions," he said.

“Video evidence puts the victims of crime first. The pilot of this technology in Foyle district evidenced how Body Worn Video has the potential to improve the quality of evidence provided by Police officers and thereby increase the number of offenders brought to justice.

“Video evidence provides a compelling account of events and enables the raw emotion and action from a scene to be replayed in the courts in a manner that could never be captured in a witness statement."

Superintendent Reid said that the cameras, which were introduced yesterday (January 30) would also support "accountability and transparency.

“The introduction of this new technology is the latest example of our commitment to these principles as we continue to work together with the community to keep people safe," he said.

“Police officers and staff have received bespoke training from our Information and Communications Services colleagues, on how to use the cameras and the supporting technology.

“This ensures that the integrity of any recorded footage is protected, while making it as easy as possible to access and utilise this material when preparing files for use in a prosecution."

Commenting about the roll out to Newry, Mourne and Down, PCSP Chair Cllr Brian Quinn said, "PCSP welcomes this new development which will contribute to increased confidence in policing in the District as it will improve transparency and accountability."


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