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Cost of Fitting Victoria Police With Body-worn Video Cameras Unclear

Victoria Police is unable to say how much it will cost to issue officers with body-worn video cameras despite new Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton committing the force to taking up the technology.

The force is also unable to provide a time frame, and refuses to release an evaluation completed after a trial that ended more than a year ago.

The Chief Commissioner’s commitment caught the Police Association by surprise.

“We are not opposed to ideas that promote the safety and security of our members; however, we are yet to be provided with any formal proposal from Victoria Police with regard to this initiative,” Association secretary Ron Iddles told the Herald Sun.

The veteran investigator also questioned the force’s ability to properly support such a scheme.

Read more in Herald Sun.

Source: www.heraldsun.com.au

New Zealand Prison Guards To Wear Body Cameras And Armour

New wearable cameras and stab-resistant body armour will be introduced for prison guards, the Corrections Minister announced today.

Prison authorities hoped the cameras would reduce “disruptive incidents” and said the devices had been successfully trialled in two jails.

A total of 1000 cameras will be introduced, starting in Arohata Prison, a womens’ facility near Wellington.

Corrections officers switched on the cameras when potentially disruptive incidents developed. Prisoners were advised they were being filmed.

Cameras will be mounted on the body armour.

“Their use, along with the new lightweight stab-resistant body armour, means our staff and prisoners are safer,” Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga said.

Read more in NZ Herald.

Source: www.nzherald.co.nz

Tweed Heads Station, Grafton Jail And Police Wellbeing Program Priorities In NSW Budget

Construction work on the Tweed Heads Police Station refurbishment will start in the second half of this year, with $13.3 million allocated to the work in the state government’s 2015-16 budget.

Planning for the project started in 2009, with the state government spending $6,651,000 on the $25.2 million project to date, with a further $5.2 million expected to follow in 2016-17.

The project was one of nine police station refurbishments funded in the NSW budget, worth $64 million, while the state will also inject $100 million over four years into new equipment for police including mobile finger print scanners and “body-worn video cameras”.

Deputy Premier Troy Grant said the $100 million fund would “future-proof” the state’ police force to ensure officers had access to the latest technology, “freeing them up to spend more time on the beat”.

Officers who get injured in the line of duty will also get access to more support with $17 million over four years for the state’s Police Force Wellbeing program,

The future of the new 600-bed Grafton Prison will also likely be known before year’s end.

While the value of the upgrade and future private-public partnership to run the prison was not published in the budget, “due to their commercially-sensitive nature”, budget documents show.

A Treasury official confirmed the government planned to go to the market for the contract to run the prison in the second half of this year, with negotiations expected to be completed about 12 months later.

She said while the government could not pre-empt those commercial talks, it was common practice for the government to require the workforce to live locally.

Once a deal was reached with the private sector, the prison infrastructure project would then go through planning approval stages, she said.

Source: www.thechronicle.com.au

More Police Funding In South Australia Budget For Body Worn Cameras And Tablets

South Australian police will get body-worn cameras and tablet computers in a major funding boost in Thursday’s state budget.

Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis says providing $13.3 million for tablets and cameras is about giving frontline police the tools they need to fight crime.

Assistant Commissioner Linda Williams says the devices will make policing more efficient, with the cameras providing crucial evidence for use in court and potentially protecting police from unfounded allegations of misconduct.

Read more at 9 News.

Source: www.9news.com.au

Police Forces Across the Nation Reaching Out To Chesapeake

Look up an article on police body cameras or tune into a recent broadcast about them, and there’s a good chance you’ll encounter a familiar name: Police Chief Kelvin Wright.

As the national conversation about police practices and body cameras continues, many agencies are turning to Wright for input. He was an early adopter of the cameras, with officers in his department using them since 2008.

Other departments now want to learn from Chesapeake.

Read more on abc 13 news.

Source: www.13newsnow.com

London To Equip Police With 20,000 Body Cameras by 2016

London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced plans to equip London’s Metropolitan police force with 20,000 body cameras by the end of March 2016. 

The Body Worn Video cameras (BWV) have been used by UK forces since 2005, with the London’s Met introducing 1,000 BWVs in 10 of the cities boroughs in 2014, producing some 6,000 videos per month.

Read more in ShortList Tech.

Source: www.shortlist.com

West Yorkshire Police Officers To Wear Body Cameras

Nearly £2 million is to be spent by Yorkshire’s biggest police force on equipping its officers with body-worn cameras to capture footage of them on duty. 

It comes after West Yorkshire Police joined other forces around the world last year in a research project with Cambridge University, with 160 video cameras used by its front-line response officers.

The cameras, which can be attached to the torso or the helmet, are designed to capture evidence at scenes of crime and help support prosecution cases. Research from the US shows the devices also stop disputes between police and the public from escalating.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Battle of West Yorkshire Police, who is leading the project, said: “Technology remains at the cornerstone of modern day policing and we are working towards the introduction of body worn video cameras across the force.

“We must think about the future and how we are to operate effectively during a time of significant financial challenges.”

He added: “Evidence from up and down the country has already shown that these devices offer significant benefits and tangible savings.

“The research indicates that complaints are resolved earlier when footage from the camera is available.

“It has also shown that their use has enhanced the capturing of accurate evidence, increasing charges and the number of guilty pleas at court.”

Source: www.mirfieldreporter.co.uk

NYPD Hopes to Use Video To Combat ‘Implicit Bias’ Against Officers

On a weekend radio show, Commissioner Bill Bratton discussed “false memory” of witnesses. New York City-based lawyer Mark Bederow said “implicit bias,” as Bratton put it, is something legal professionals grapple with when assessing witness testimony.

“Sometimes people may turn or hear or see something that’s already in progress, and it’s like starting to watch the play in Act Three, and they didn’t see Act One or Act Two,” he said. “Subconsciously, they fill in blanks.

“I’m worried that there’s a growing fundamental mistrust [of police],” Bratton said.

Read the full story on DNAinfo.

Source: www.dnainfo.com