Body cameras will put criminals in the frame

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CRIMINALS will be caught on camera - thanks to CCTV recorders fitted to police officers and environmental wardens.

Cops and wardens can now focus on crime and anti-social behaviour as they patrol the area fitted with body worn cameras.

The technology consists of a CCTV camera housed in tamper-proof casing which is fixed onto the wearer’s jacket without hampering their physical movements.

Cameras will record incidents and help protect members of the community by acting as a deterrent to would-be criminals.

Environmental wardens reassure the public by patrolling the community and work in partnership with Strathclyde Police.

Evidence

They tackle low level anti-social behaviour and issue fixed penalty notices for dog fouling, littering, smoking and antisocial behaviour domestic night noise.

With the introduction of the body worn cameras, the wardens will be able to gather film evidence of incidents they deal with which will assist them when working with their colleagues in Strathclyde Police. Six cameras have also been purchased through the Community Safety Partnership Grant budget for use by police.

Communities Inspector Donald Leitch said: “The body mounted cameras will provide additional corroboration and protection without restricting an officer’s actions or movements.

“They can be used to record incidents providing a digital video image and audio capture. Additionally, it provides protection for members of the public, police officers and wardens alike as it is a visible deterrent to any potential assailant, making a clear statement that their actions will be recorded on video.

“These cameras will enhance partnership working, provide quality evidence to our criminal justice partners and increase skills through review of performance at incidents.”

Kenny Simpson, East Dunbartonshire’s head of community services, said, “Body worn cameras have been introduced in other local authorities throughout the country and appear to be an effective tool in tackling anti-social behaviour and environmental crime, whilst going some way to protect environmental wardens by deterring threatening behaviour.

“By being able to produce hard evidence of incidents attended, wardens will be able to work more closely with the local police in tackling criminal activity within the area, which is reassuring for people living and working in East Dunbartonshire.”