Geraldton Police are now wearing body cameras
Mid West Gascoyne police superintendent Roger Beer addressed the media today about the early roll out of body-worn cameras.
“When police put on the cameras they tell whoever they’re interacting with that they are being recorded,” Supt Beer said.
“This has led to de-escalation of situations in the past.”
Supt Beer said every officer would be allocated a camera.
Geraldton and the northern areas of the Mid West Gascoyne such as Carnarvon, Meekatharra and Cue, will be allocated a camera first, with southern police stations getting them next week.
He said officers had already been trained.
This fulfils a promise Police Commissioner Chris Dawson made after the police shooting of Joyce Clarke, 29, last month.
He fast-tracked the roll-out of the cameras to the Mid West-Gascoyne which had originally been scheduled for next year.
The Mid West-Gascoyne is the second regional district to receive the cameras, which Pilbara police already wear.
Police Minister Michelle Roberts said the devices captured real-time audio and video and would strengthen community safety, and improve trans-parency and accountability in police interactions with the public.
“I’m really pleased Geraldton is among one of the first areas in WA that these body-worn cameras are being rolled out,” Ms Roberts said.
“It shows how committed we are to ensuring our regional police are as well-equipped as their metropolitan counterparts in meeting the challenges of their duties.”
A spokesman for the minister said an officer’s body-worn camera would automatically start recording as soon as a gun was drawn from its holster.
“Officers can also start recording manually at any time,” he said.
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