Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

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.

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