Body cameras proving a vital tool for policeBy Lewis Rudd
October 22, 2008
Video evidence of bad behaviour filmed on new police body cameras is shaming youths in the borough into behaving themselves, according to the area's police commander.
Inspector Denise Blackburn hailed the state-of-the-art equipment worn by police officers in Wokingham, Woodley and Earley, "fabulous" and said the scheme had proved to be money well spent.
The cameras, which were introduced in September, are used to catch criminals in the act during domestic conflicts and violent affrays as well as capture evidence to help with prosecutions and to discourage anti-social behaviour.
Some cameras have since been deployed to Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) working around the area to help with issues related to parking enforcement.
“We think it is a fabulous piece of equipment," insp Blackburn said.
“We have invested a lot of money in this equipment and we will invest more in the future because it is an immediate recording of a crime or incident."
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