Helmet cameras to help police
Monday November 20, 2006 6:03 AM
Police officers are to be equipped with head-mounted video cameras to help in the fight against anti-social behaviour, it was disclosed.
A team of eight Metropolitan Police officers in north London will use the cameras while out on the beat to record evidence of youths causing trouble.
The tiny cameras, each the size of an AA battery, will be fitted onto the side of the officers’ headgear.
They record high quality digital images, which are then fed back and stored in a special utility belt.
The cameras can record for up to 12 hours – the maximum length of any police officer’s shift – and each pack costs £1,800.
They will be used for the first time by officers from a Safer Neighbourhoods team based in Haringey, north London, this week.
Police say the cameras are clearly visible and that they hope they will act as a deterrent, as well as an evidence gathering tool.
Haringey Council’s Safer Communities Partnership is funding the cost of the equipment, which is being used as part of a five day crackdown on anti-social behaviour in the area.
The video images are said to be of very good quality and they could be used in court as evidence to support a prosecution, or in support of an application for an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo).
It is thought to be the first time that ordinary beat officers have been equipped with video equipment in this way in London.
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