Body camera rollout

LOCAL police will be equipped with body worn cameras, as the rollout reaches Wellington Police Service Area this week.

More than 11,000 cameras will be deployed by 2020, with the Wellington area next on the list to receive them – including Briagolong, Heyfield, Loch Sport, Maffra, Rosedale, Sale, Stratford and Yarram police stations.

Body cameras are worn on police officers’ uniforms and record video and audio footage.

Assistant Commissioner Russell Barrett said the body worn cameras were expected to deliver improved community safety, enhanced evidence gathering, increased police safety and accountability.

“The initial pilot we conducted in April 2018 showed us that camera usage policies, infrastructure and training for police had worked well, and police were comfortable using the technology within their first one or two shifts,” he said.

Body worn cameras will initially be used by Wellington general duties and highway patrol police officers of the rank of sergeant and below.