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Brains of new technology a big hitter against violent crime

May 21, 2014

blog 26 04 bodycamsSTATE-of-the-art body cameras are being fast-tracked into frontline service in Staffordshire as police use hi-tech “brains” to defeat violent crime.

Offenders are literally coming face-to-face with the 21st century answer to an age-old problem.

The cameras, funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, are also designed to improve evidence gathering and to provide vital video evidence in key investigations.

They are set to revolutionise evidence gathering and help ensure complaints are dealt with more efficiently and cost effectively.

It’s all part of rigorous efforts by the OPCC to ensure everything that’s done is ”open, honest and transparent”, so that public confidence across policing and criminal justice is improved.

The cameras are being rolled out as part of a county-wide initiative – resulting in every frontline officer, PCSO and Special Constable on duty having access to the devices.

It’s all part of a technology plan to free up officer time and create thousands of extra hours policing.

This will help officers get the best possible evidence, protect people who are being arrested and save a vast amount of time by providing actual pictorial evidence in court rather than thousands and thousands of words.

The advantage of having these cameras is that they start to remove any doubts as to what happened because it’s caught on film.

Staffordshire Police chief constable Mike Cunningham said his officers have welcomed the introduction of body-worn video cameras.

“It means we are able capture video evidence from our arrival at an incident and these videos show an accurate record of what has happened,” he added.

“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.”

The scheme has been introduced to officers countywide and follows a successful pilot by Newcastle-under-Lyme Local Policing Team.

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