A new police bodycam

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Body cams have been issued to police officers in Lichfield and Burntwood. The roll-out of the technology comes as part of a county-wide project by Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis. He hopes the cameras will provide visual evidence for officers and improve transparency when dealing with members of the public. The cameras are also expected to cut back on the amount of paperwork as video evidence will be used instead of written transcripts.
A new police bodycam
“This is part of a major technology plan to free up officer time and create thousands of extra hours of visible policing,” said Commissioner Ellis. “Body cams 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.” More than 500 new cameras have been sent out to police bases across Staffordshire – enough for every frontline officer, PCSO and Special Constable on duty at any one time. They allow wearers to record video and audio at the touch of a button. “The advantage of having these cameras is that they start to remove any doubts as to what happened because it’s caught on film,” Commissioner Ellis added. “They will help officers get the best possible evidence, 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.” Staffordshire’s Chief Constable Mike Cunningham said: “Our officers have welcomed the introduction of body worn video. “Courts are now be able see first-hand exactly what an offence looked like on the particular day in question which ultimately means better support for victims and improves our ability to bring offenders to justice.” Specialist officers in roles such as road crime and the dog unit will receive their body cams in the final phase of the roll-out.

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.