Tas rolls out body-worn cameras for police

Wednesday, 08 August, 2018

Tas rolls out body-worn cameras for police

The Tasmanian Government is rolling out body-worn cameras for all police officers in the state.

The government has committed $3.4 million over four years to provide the cameras to Tasmania Police, which is aimed at improving the safety of police officers and the community.

Following extensive consultation with police agencies across Australia and overseas, and a robust tender process, Axon Public Safety Australia has won the contract to provide Tasmania Police with a body-worn camera and digital evidence solution.

“Today, the first of the staged rollout of body-worn cameras will be deployed to frontline officers stationed in Hobart. The rollout will extend to frontline police officers stationed at Launceston, Devonport and Burnie in the coming months,” said Michael Ferguson, Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management.

The body-worn cameras will capture audio and visual evidence direct from incident scenes. Based on evidence from other jurisdictions across the world, it is anticipated that the use of the cameras will positively influence the behaviour of people interacting with police.

This, in turn, will contribute to a safer working environment for frontline police officers.

“The use of body-worn cameras will also further contribute to the delivery of accountable, transparent and professional policing services to the Tasmanian community,” said Ferguson.

The use of body-worn cameras will be supported by the introduction of enabling legislation to parliament later this month. In the short term, police will use the devices under existing legislative provisions.

“The Tasmanian Government is committed to continuing to provide Tasmania Police with contemporary equipment and technology to increase the safety of our police officers, community members and victims of crime,” said Ferguson.

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