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BODY-WORN CAMERAS FOR ISLAND POLICE

policebackIn a nation-wide pilot, Police officers across the Isle of Wight will be equipped with body-worn video cameras in a bid to cut crime and disorder.

It is hoped that the cameras, which have cost £47,500 for 180 officers, will provide a solid form of evidence should a case go to court and will lead to a increase in the number of convictions as well as  acting as a deterrent to would-be criminals.

Concerns were raised about how the cameras will be used by officers, however Hampshire Constabulary have said that all officers must inform those being recorded that the video is recording their actions for the purpose of collecting evidence, however any video footage that is not used will be deleted after 30 days.  

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