Humberside Police to roll out body cameras
Humberside Police is to issue body cameras to frontline staff across the force in a bid to secure more convictions and cut crime.
The police force has announced it will be introducing the body worn video cameras to almost 1,700 officers, PCSOs and staff over the next year.
The cameras are already being used by one of the force’s Hull teams. Other officers and staff in the city will be the next to be trained, following by those in North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and finally the East Riding of Yorkshire.
The Reveal media cameras feature a front-facing screen, which means that members of the public can see what is being recorded.
They also have a movable camera head, which will allow officers to get different angles without having to unclip the device first.
According to the police force, the cameras also provide an impartial and accurate picture of events, enabling greater clarity around complaints against officers and accountability where officers have to use force.
“We are excited to have such new and cutting-edge technology to help us serve the communities in our area,” said Humberside Police’s assistant chief constable, Chris Noble.
“The biggest motivation for rolling out this technology is to support victims – especially victims of domestic abuse.
“If just one perpetrator is put before the courts, who otherwise would’ve escaped justice, then the roll out of the cameras will have been worth all of the expense and complexities,” he added.
Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter added: “The benefits of this type of equipment are beginning to be recognised and I hope and anticipate that there will be fewer assaults on officers, that victims will have to attend court less frequently and that more guilty people will be convicted.
“Many forces already have cameras but I’m determined that Humberside Police gets on the front foot and leads rather than follows, so I provided the funds to buy this state of the art equipment, outstripping the capability of most other forces because our officers deserve to have the best tools available to do their job so that communities are best served by them.”
Earlier this month, SHP Online reported that parking wardens in East Riding of Yorkshire are also to wear body cameras for the first time to help increase their safety.
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