Force set to be the first to use new cam­era tech­nol­ogy

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS - Ian Lewis

DYFEDPOWYS Po­lice is set to be the first force this side of the At­lantic to use new in-car cam­era tech­nol­ogy ca­pa­ble of cap­tur­ing a 360-de­gree pic­ture of any traf­fic in­ci­dent or crime on the roads.

De­signed by Axon, the global leader in law en­force­ment tech­nolo­gies, the cam­eras are the first of their kind in the UK and will al­low of­fi­cers to down­load vi­tal video evidence di­rectly.

The force says that the sys­tem will free up hours of po­lice of­fi­cer time, with an in­stant dig­i­tal up­load rather than hours spent down­load­ing and burn­ing onto discs to store footage as po­ten­tial evidence.

Fol­low­ing Dyfed-Powys Po­lice tak­ing the lead, ul­ti­mately, the in-car cam­era sys­tem will be rolled out, taken up by forces across Eng­land and Wales.

Axon is a network of de­vices, apps and peo­ple that helps law en­force­ment be­come smarter and safer.

The cam­eras carry all of the ben­e­fits of Axon’s body-worn cam­eras which have now been adopted by of­fi­cers across 14 forces in the UK.

Im­por­tantly for DyfedPowys this will mean us­ing the same sys­tems across all cam­era and evidence equip­ment mean­ing a true 360-de­gree pic­ture of any in­ci­dent as well as huge time and cost sav­ings and a more seam­less ser­vice.

Dyfed-Powys po­lice are rolling out the cam­eras across 31 ve­hi­cles in­clud­ing both armed re­sponse and traf­fic ve­hi­cles.

This means that DyfedPowys are set to be the first force with a fully in­te­grated sys­tem of body worn cam­eras, in-car cam­eras and a dig­i­tal evidence plat­form which footage can be stored on.

The in­te­gra­tion means a seam­less process of evidence gath­er­ing, stream­lin­ing the work­flow with wire­less up­load – mak­ing the ap­proach a cost-ef­fec­tive one.

Catherine Davies, project man­ager for the in­tro­duc­tion of the cam­eras, known as Axon Fleet 2, at Dyfed-Powys Po­lice, said:

“The in­tro­duc­tion of in-car video within our fleet here at Dyfed-Powys Po­lice means that of­fi­cers now have yet another pair of eyes at scenes of road traf­fic col­li­sions and other incidents, live time evidence of mo­tor­ing of­fences and ev­i­den­tial footage dur­ing pur­suits.

“This tech­nol­ogy fur­ther im­proves ac­count­abil­ity for us as a ser­vice and helps to pro­tect our of­fi­cers dur­ing of­ten vul­ner­a­ble times, when trans­port­ing pris­on­ers and pa­trolling our many, many miles of road alone.”

Dyfed-Powys Po­lice is set to be the first force this side of the At­lantic to use this new in-car cam­era.

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