Limavady police using body worn cameras

Police on patrol Limavady and the wider Roe Valley area have started using body worn video cameras.

Monday, 20th March 2017, 10:59 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:43 am
Police in Limavady are now using 'body worn cameras'.

The cameras was first piloted in Derry City and Strabane and have now been rolled out into the causeway Coast & Glens area.

Superintendent Jeremy Lindsay said “video evidence puts the victims of crime first”.

Supt. Lindsay said they “evidenced how Body Worn Video has the potential to improve the quality of evidence provided by police officers and thereby increase the number of offenders brought to justice”.

“Video evidence provides a compelling account of events and enables the raw emotion and action from a scene to be replayed in the courts in a manner that could never be captured in a witness statement,” Supt. Lindsay.

“It also supports accountability and transparency, both of which are key elements in increasing public confidence in policing. The introduction of this new technology is the latest example of our commitment to these principles as we continue to work together with the community to keep people safe. Police officers and staff have received bespoke training from our Information and Communications Services colleagues on how to use the cameras and the supporting technology.

This ensures that the integrity of any recorded footage is protected while making it as easy as possible to access and utilise this material when preparing files for use in a prosecution.”

PCSP Chair Alderman William King said: “The PCSP supports any initiative that enhances community safety and encourages trust and confidence in community policing and welcomes the introduction of body worn video.”