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Bodycams catch first law breaker

Created on 15/06/2017 @ 12:38
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Welshpool Police have confirmed their first prosecution using footage from a body cam as evidence.

Earlier this week we reported that all local officers were now equipped with the camaras on their uniforms, and on Tuesday they tweeted that they were already paying off.

The Tweet read: “First case in court this week at ‪#Welshpool involving ‪#bodycam footage. Positive result - guilty plea for Public Order ‪#conclusiveevidence.”

No details have been released on the nature of the offence, or the person involved.

Dyfed-Powys Police Chief Constable, Mark Collins, was understandably pleased to see the investment start to pay off.

He said: “When we launched the cameras we said that they will give the public more reassurance and help officers gather valuable evidence.

“That has been seen with this case and I expect to see more and more use of the body worn cameras.

“I am pleased the benefits of this new technology are already being seen by the public.”

Another reason for the cameras being brought in was to improve the process of investigating complaints against officers, and making them more accountable to the public.

All footage recorded is subject to legal safeguards and guidance. Video not retained as evidence or for a policing purpose is automatically deleted within 31 days.

Members of the public can view the footage by writing to obtain it under the Freedom of Information Act.


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