December 7 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Police in Ipswich are being used in a trial to see whether video camera equipment attached to their uniforms could bring benefits to the force.
There will be 20 officers in the town taking part in the three-month project to look into body worn video cameras (BWVs), which can be used to record crimes.
The BWVs have been used by other police forces in the country which has resulted in a reduction in anti-social behaviour and assaults on police officers.
Chief Inspector Steve Denham said: “This is an exciting trial as it could bring Suffolk police a range of benefits including performance, efficiency and more convictions.
“It is anticipated that it will be a viable and cost-effective way of delivering modern policing making use of 21st century technology in the fight against criminals.
“Not only are there direct benefits to members of the public but also officers, victims and the Crown Prosecution Service.”
In addition to a reduction in certain crimes, use of the cameras could also assist in prosecutions with more cases being resolved at an earlier stage because of better evidence of injuries, damage and first accounts.
Video footage will also make it harder for people to argue against charges and could lead to a higher proportion of guilty pleas.
Tim Passmore, Police and Crime Commissioner said: “Anything that reduces bureaucracy and makes life on the streets safer for our police officers has my full support.
“I was very interested to see the cameras in use and I will monitor this trial with great interest. My police and crime plan specifically refers to my commitment to officers and staff.
“I want to be sure they have the equipment, training and resources to enable them to perform their roles. The chief constable and I are united in this commitment. This will also help to catch and convict criminals and reduce anti-social behaviour.”
Posters will now be placed in Ipswich to make people aware that some officers will be wearing the cameras.