WA POLICE TO USE BODY CAMERAS IN SIX-MONTH TRIAL
WA POLICE will wear body cameras which will allow them to film their communication with the public. Deputy Commissioner (Operations) Stephen Brown said it would be compulsory for officers issued with cameras during the six-month trial to use them as part of standard deployment through the trial. “The cameras are high visibility, with a standard script for officers to inform members of the public they are being filmed,” he said. “The cameras will only be worn on selected days in keeping with the trial design. “The outcomes for days when the cameras are worn will be compared to days when the cameras are not worn, to allow the strongest scientific grounds for concluding that the different outcomes are caused by the presence of the cameras.” WA Police have reached an agreement with Taser International in partnership with Breon Defence systems to supply the cameras for the trial. Officers in Perth will start training with the cameras from the middle of May. About 300 devices will be used in the trial.