Police body cameras to be extended

150 body cameras have been distributed
150 body cameras have been distributed

Police in Burnley are going hi-tech in their fight against crime.

A total of 150 body cameras have been distributed to immediate response teams across Lancashire Constabulary after an initial pilot scheme was deemed successful.

It is hoped the cameras will help officers capture real-time evidence while deterring people from committing crime.

Insp. Mark Baines, of Lancashire Police, said: “Police forces across the country have already embraced body worn cameras and have identified the potential benefits of their use.

“Here in Lancashire I hope that the wider use of the cameras will promote public reassurance, capture best evidence, prevent harm and deter people from committing crime and anti-social behaviour.”

Only specially trained, uniformed officers will wear the cameras and strict guidelines are in place to ensure that they are used correctly and the retention of any footage will comply with legislation and national recommendations.

The cameras will not be permanently switched on and members of the public will be informed as soon as practicable that they are being recorded.

A further review will take place in three months with the possibility of more cameras being issued.

Insp. Baines added: “We will work with the community as wider use of the technology becomes common practice and anybody with concerns about being filmed will be able to discuss this with officers.”