Body cameras are bought

Enforcement officers in Northumberland have started wearing chest mounted cameras in an attempt to keep them safe while out and about in the county.

Monday, 7th November 2016, 15:08 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 16:01 pm
Gemma Fowle, animal welfare officer; Councillor Liz Simpson, chair of the Safer Northumberland Board and Paul Turnbull, environmental enforcement officer

Officers have started wearing the body-worn cameras to improve safety and to make providing evidence against offenders more efficient.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, which manages public protection, has purchased seven of the cameras which will be worn by a number of staff members including environmental enforcement officers and animal welfare officers.

Cllr Liz Simpson, chair of the Safer Northumberland board and deputy business chair of Northumberland County Council, said: “The new cameras will hopefully be a deterrent against unreasonable behaviour and will ensure transparency for both staff and residents.

“Our officers are out and about in the county everyday and they are sometimes subjected to offensive behaviour from members of the public.

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“Having the new cameras will hopefully reduce these incidents as people are more likely to think about their actions if they know they’re being recorded.

“The cameras will also make providing evidence much more efficient meaning it will be quicker and more cost effective to prosecute offenders.”

Cameras have already been adopted by other local authorities across England and Scotland , while Northumbria Police say the cameras can be used to gather evidence and provide information about officers’ interaction with the public.