Body cams in the fight againstcrime
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