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Lapel cameras

This month sees Wolverhampton officers using innovative new ‘lapel cameras’ in a bid to secure the strongest evidence possible in domestic abuse cases.

 

Around 100 response officers have been trained to use the devices, which are also known as body worn video or badge cams, and are now wearing them out to calls.

 

Officers will give a clear warning to offenders and other members of the public when switching the device on, letting people know that anything they say and do from that moment will be captured visually and audibly on video and that footage may be used as evidence and in court.

 

The device is fitted to an officer’s jacket opposite their radio and clearly shows when the device is on and recording is in progress.

 

The cameras have been funded from a domestic abuse budget with a view that they will prove integral to domestic abuse trials as they can capture clear visual and audio.

 

Inspector Phil Rogers said: "We’re really excited to see the launch of these cameras across the city. They have proven invaluable in other forces when gaining evidence, especially in domestic abuses incidents.

 

"For a court to see and hear the environment that the police officer walks into is far better than any verbal description in court."

 

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Taken on September 19, 2013