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Body worn cameras to be deployed to frontline officers

Stage one of State-wide rollout of body worn cameras launched Strengthening community safety and improving accountability for police
Police Minister Michelle Roberts today announced stage one of a State-wide rollout of body worn cameras to frontline police officers.

Priority deployment for the first tranche of 4,200 body worn cameras will be officers in the Perth District and those attached to the Traffic Enforcement Group.

Officers in the Pilbara region will be among the first in regional Western Australia to be fitted with the cameras, with more than 200 cameras being deployed to the region by June.

The delivery of body worn cameras to all frontline officers is scheduled to be completed by June 2021, with more than 4,000 cameras deployed across the State.

The devices will capture real-time audio and video, strengthen community safety, and improve transparency and accountability in police interactions with the public.

There will be a comprehensive training package for staff.

The rollout is backed by the McGowan Government’s $1.4 billion Community Safety Commitment to give the WA Police Force the resources they need to help keep the community of Western Australia safe.

Police Minister Michelle Roberts said:

“The WA Police Force is joining other States in Australia in rolling out this important equipment for police.

“It will provide greater transparency and greater protection to both police and members of the community.

“Commissioner Dawson has acted swiftly to equip our officers with this cutting-edge technology which will capture real-time video evidence of the scene of an incident.

“It’s also hoped the new technology will help reduce assaults on officers and increase the number of early guilty pleas.”

Commissioner of Police Chris Dawson said:

“Body worn cameras are a significant step in the digital modernisation of WA Police Force.

“The benefits include improved evidence gathering and accountability, and I expect they will optimise how our frontline officers operate.

“We will have strict policy and procedures surrounding the use of body worn cameras which will address the circumstances in which they are activated and governance of the footage they obtain.

“It is crucial that the community has confidence in its police force and these devices are an important tool to increase that confidence.”

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