Jersey Police begins trial of police body cameras

Jersey police on patrol
Image caption Insp Sarah Henderson said the cameras would only record when officers were dealing with an incident

The States of Jersey Police is to begin a trial which will see officers wearing mini video cameras when on duty.

Police officers are being trained in the next few days and the trial will begin on 1 July.

Jersey's Police Chief Mike Bowron announced the plans earlier this year as part of a review of the technology the force uses.

The £400 cameras are fixed to officer's uniforms but only record when dealing with an incident.

The police say suspects tend to admit guilt earlier when confronted with video evidence, saving police and court time and that "ultimately results in less of a cost to the taxpayer".

Insp Sarah Henderson, who is leading the project, said they had been used in the UK for a number of years.

She said using recordings can increase police professionalism and be used to review and improve the way officers deal with incidents.

"The use of body worn cameras has been commonplace in the UK for many years and it is something we think we can benefit from here," she said.

"It will provide independent evidence to support the prosecution of offenders, deter anti-social behaviour and ultimately improve community safety."

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