Body cams in the fight again­stcrime

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

EN­VI­RON­MENT Agency en­force­ment teams in the East Mid­lands have be­gun wear­ing body video cam­eras in their fight against crime.

Fol­low­ing a grow­ing num­ber of abu­sive in­ci­dents dur­ing site in­spec­tions to waste sites, en­force­ment of­fi­cers will be equipped with body worn video cam­eras on their vis­its.

The cam­eras will also be used by fish­eries en­force­ment of­fi­cers dur­ing their rou­tine ac­tiv­i­ties.

Pete Haslock, En­force­ment team leader for the En­vi­ron­ment Agency in the East Mid­lands, said: “The safety of our staff is para­mount. They are well trained in deal­ing with hos­tile sit­u­a­tions and we take any threat against them very se­ri­ously.

“Our pref­er­ence is to pre­vent hos­til­ity in the first place and wear­ing the cam­eras can pre­vent threat­en­ing sit­u­a­tions from es­ca­lat­ing.

“We want to get on with our jobs with­out the threat of vi­o­lence and the cam­eras will help to pro­tect staff and bring ob­struc­tive in­di­vid­u­als to jus­tice.

“Of­fi­cers will switch on the cam­eras if and when they en­ter a hos­tile sit­u­a­tion or where hos­til­ity may be an­tic­i­pated. That could be a site where they have ex­pe­ri­enced ag­gres­sive be­hav­iour in the past or an un­known quan­tity, such as on a re­mote river bank.”

Of­fi­cers in the North-East tri­alled the body cam­eras and found that wear­ing them helped to re­duce in­ci­dents of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour, as­saults and threats against En­vi­ron­ment Agency staff.

Ac­cord­ing to the En­vi­ron­ment Agency stud­ies also show that peo­ple are less likely to con­test the ev­i­dence when they know their of­fence is cap­tured on cam­era, which could help speed up jus­tice and re­duce le­gal costs.

En­vi­ron­ment Agency en­force­ment teams in the East Mid­lands have be­gun wear­ing body video cam­eras in a bid to re­duce as­saults against staff

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