Body cams for Frankston police


BODY worn cameras will be worn by Frankston police officers starting from this week.

Frankston and Carrum Downs police stations are next in line to receive bodycams. Victoria Police will deploy over 11,000 cameras by 2020.

Assistant Commissioner Russell Barrett said “the introduction of body worn cameras is 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.

“Given the pleasing results of their function along with the overwhelmingly positive feedback from the community, we are in the process of rolling the cameras out to more officers. 

“We are pleased to be expanding the body worn cameras to more officers, with the aim to have 11,000 general duties police and protective services officers equipped with one by 2020.” 

The cameras record both audio and video. Frankston general duty officers and highway patrol officers at the rank of sergeant and below will be the first to don the cameras.

First published in the Frankston Times – 26 August 2019

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