Derry police first to use new Body Worn Video technology in fight against crime

Frontline officers in Derry City and Strabane police district have today become the first to be issued with specialist Body Worn Video technology in the fight against crime.

It follows a pilot scheme run in four police districts in 2014.

The roll out of the scheme will start in Derry City and Strabane areas followed by Belfast later in the year

Discussing the new cameras Chief Superintendent Stephen Cargin from the Legacy and Justice Department said he was pleased that officers from Derry City and Strabane District were the first officers within the service to use to this new equipment.

He added: “They have received training for the camera and on the supporting technology to ensure that the integrity of the footage is protected, while making it as easy as possible to access and utilise this material when preparing files.

“Video evidence goes hand in hand with accountability and transparency, both of which are key elements in increasing public confidence in policing. The Police Service of Northern Ireland is fully committed to these principles as we continue to work together with the community within the context of keeping people safe.

“Our internal information and communications Services are playing an integral part in the delivery of Body Worn Video too. They have invested a great deal of effort and energy into processes to make the system user friendly.”


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