Cameras rolled out

Acting Sergeant Al Bainbridge shows off one of the forces new body cameras, recently rolled out across Wellington.
Acting Sergeant Al Bainbridge shows off one of the forces new body cameras, recently rolled out across Wellington.

WELLINGTON police have all eyes on what's happening in the community, with body worn cameras now rolled out to the local area.

Officers from general duties and highway patrol in Briagolong, Heyfield, Loch Sport, Maffra, Rosedale, Sale, Stratford and Yarram received their cameras last month, as part of the deployment of more than 11,000 across the state by 2020.

The small video cameras worn on the uniform of police officers can capture video and audio evidence, and can be turned on in seconds at the flick of a switch.

Acting Sergeant Al Bainbridge at Sale police station said he believed the cameras were already having an impact on the ability of police to carry out their duties, and improving interactions with the public.

Even in a short time I think the cameras have helped, they have to go towards making the community safer and assisting us with our patrols and policing, he said.

Strict laws were introduced last year to ensure protections are in place against the unauthorised disclosure of footage, but police are not obligated to tell the public if they turn cameras on.

Victoria Police hopes the cameras will strengthen community safety by improving transparency and accountability in police dealings with the public.

Footage from the cameras will primarily be used as evidence in court, and for investigative purposes and the preparation of the brief of evidence.

Non-evidentiary footage will be automatically deleted after 90 days.

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