FENLAND: Police get new head cams to help them reduce paperwork and fight crime
A NEW crime fighting device is being trailed by police in an effort to reduce officer s paperwork and increase their time patrolling the streets. On Monday, 20 response officers from Huntingdon Police Station began trailing head-mounted cameras – which w
A NEW crime fighting device is being trailed by police in an effort to reduce officer's paperwork and increase their time patrolling the streets.
On Monday, 20 response officers from Huntingdon Police Station began trailing head-mounted cameras - which will be used across the county and Fenland.
Cambridgeshire police say the headcams will help to reduce crime and allow officers to gather video evidence for court.
The officers trailing the cameras could be called to incidents all over Huntingdonshire and Fenland including, Huntingdon, Wisbech and March.
Insp Mark Newman from Huntingdon Police Station said: "The introduction of these headcams means we can obtain evidence at the scene of incidents and crimes.
"The recordings will provide additional evidence in court and hopefully improve the quality of prosecution cases. This will be particularly useful in domestic violence cases and alcohol-related crime and disorder and anti-social behaviour."
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The cameras will enable officers to get good quality video evidence in a variety of scenarios including drunken disorders, road traffic accidents and other public disorders.
The footage can then be used in court and 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.
Inspector Newman said: "The main aim of introducing these cameras is that they provide evidence which means victims do not have to attend court. This is particularly important in cases of domestic violence where the victim does not feel comfortable appearing in court."
Officers in Peterborough started using the headcams nearly a year ago and police said the results have been promising.
The devices can record up to 400 hours of video footage and cost about £1,700 per unit. The 30 cameras supplied to Cambridgeshire Constabulary have been paid for by government funding.
The video footage can then be downloaded at a police station. Recordings not to be used in evidence should be deleted within 31 days.