Police camera trial starts in Warrington

Warrington Guardian: The camera that will be worn by 24 officers The camera that will be worn by 24 officers

A TRIAL that will see police wear cameras to record incidents and arrests has started in Warrington today, Tuesday.

The pilot scheme will see officers from Cheshire Police wear a small camera on their bodies while dealing with crime in the town.

Bosses say the cameras, costing £299 each, will be used at the discretion of officers to film suspects.

Chf Insp Giles Orton said the cameras will not record constantly, but can be switched on when deemed necessary.

Anyone being filmed must be informed when it is switched on, and switched off, he said.

Chf Insp Orton wants cameras to be used ‘overtly, not covertly’.

He believes it will help improve relations between the public and police, ‘changing attitudes’ when people know they are being recorded.

Cameras will be used to record a ‘broad range’ of incidents including anti-social behaviour in the town centre, domestic abuse and social care issues like neglect.

Twenty four will be used, 12 by the town centre unit, and 12 by Warrngton Central NPU, which covers Orford, Howley, Fairfield, Poplars and Hulme.

The footage can be used as part of a criminal prosecution.

Any footage not being used in an investigation must be deleted within 30 days.

Police say the move has been backed by Warrington Borough Council and Pubwatch.

John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, is also in support.

For the full story, see Thursday’s Warrington Guardian.

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1:36pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Godly says...

Switched on when they're following regulations, switch off when they begin police brutality

This is what Police camera discretion means
Switched on when they're following regulations, switch off when they begin police brutality This is what Police camera discretion means Godly
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1:36pm Tue 21 Jan 14

vjones says...

After the downing st incident all officers. Should wear them as part of uniform think how much money would have been saved if the downing st officers had been wearing them
After the downing st incident all officers. Should wear them as part of uniform think how much money would have been saved if the downing st officers had been wearing them vjones
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1:59pm Tue 21 Jan 14

PageA says...

vjones wrote:
After the downing st incident all officers. Should wear them as part of uniform think how much money would have been saved if the downing st officers had been wearing them
First it was to save us from bad guys..now it's to save us from the good guys! The world has gone mad.
[quote][p][bold]vjones[/bold] wrote: After the downing st incident all officers. Should wear them as part of uniform think how much money would have been saved if the downing st officers had been wearing them[/p][/quote]First it was to save us from bad guys..now it's to save us from the good guys! The world has gone mad. PageA
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9:48pm Tue 21 Jan 14

local man says...

It will protect the good guys and expose the foolish, both sides of the lens.
It will protect the good guys and expose the foolish, both sides of the lens. local man
  • Score: 1

11:21pm Tue 21 Jan 14

old-codger says...

He believes it will help improve relations between the public and police, ‘changing attitudes’ when police officers know they are being recorded.
He believes it will help improve relations between the public and police, ‘changing attitudes’ when police officers know they are being recorded. old-codger
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12:24am Wed 22 Jan 14

Mrs1979 says...

Great police camera warrington !!!
Great tv
Great police camera warrington !!! Great tv Mrs1979
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1:08am Wed 22 Jan 14

Reader says...

Good idea if you ask me and might make some idiots think twice before they go out get bladdered and start mouthing off or fighting and causing trouble.

Shame they have to inform people they are about to switch the recorder on though !
Good idea if you ask me and might make some idiots think twice before they go out get bladdered and start mouthing off or fighting and causing trouble. Shame they have to inform people they are about to switch the recorder on though ! Reader
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