Grampian Police are to be the first force in the UK to offer body-worn camera technology to all front line officers. This follows a successful 18-month trial in Aberdeen, where cameras the size of mobile phones were used to capture incidents attended by the officers.
Officials say that in 90% of cases proceeded in the courts with body-worn video evidence have resulted in an early guilty plea.
As well as capturing evidence and the behaviour of suspects, something which usually gets watered down with the mere word of a police officer in court, theyc an also be used to protect officers fromÂ vexatiousÂ complaints.
I believe we trialed them. Let’s hope Grampian used a different system, ours either failed to work or were not available for those officers who actually wanted to wear them.