Head Cameras For Police Officers In East Cambs
PUBLISHED: 09:34 07 December 2009 | UPDATED: 11:08 04 May 2010
POLICE officers in East Cambridgeshire will soon be donning headcams in a bid to curb crime on busy Friday and Saturday nights. The cameras, set to be mounted on officers helmets, will record high quality evidence from a variety of incidents, including
POLICE officers in East Cambridgeshire will soon be donning 'headcams' in a bid to curb crime on busy Friday and Saturday nights.
The cameras, set to be mounted on officers' helmets, will record high quality evidence from a variety of incidents, including crime scenes, public order incidents or domestic violence incidents.
In other forces, the cameras have led to an increase in offenders being charged and successfully prosecuted.
They are particularly useful in domestic violence situations where victims may be reluctant to give statements.
Officers in Peterborough have been using the headcams for nearly two years and officers in Fenland and Huntingdonshire began using them last year.
Inspector Ian Lyons said: "This was trialled on the division quite some time ago and we are now in a position where training has been rolled out to reactive officers, neighbourhood officers, PCSOs and soon to be trained are Special Constables.
"It is hoped that as well as gaining good quality evidence, it will help keep the public and officers safe if offenders know they could be captured on film.
"The cameras will also form part of our additional night time economy patrols which always take place in the lead up to the Christmas festivities.