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Campaspe police to be equipped with body worn cameras

By Ivy Jensen

POLICE across Campaspe will start wearing body worn cameras next week, as part of the local rollout.

More than 11,000 cameras will be deployed by 2020, with Campaspe next on the list to receive them, which includes Echuca, Kyabram, Rochester, Rushworth, Gunbower, Tongala, Stanhope and Elmore police stations.

Campaspe general duties and highway patrol police officers of the rank of sergeant and below will be equipped with the camera on their uniform which will be able to record video and audio footage.

Assistant Commissioner Russell Barrett said the body worn cameras were a boost to police capabilities in the area.

‘‘The introduction of body worn cameras is expected to deliver improved community safety, enhanced evidence gathering, increased police safety and accountability,’’ he said.

‘‘The initial pilot we conducted in April 2018 showed us that camera usage policies, infrastructure and training for police had worked well and police were comfortable using the technology within their first one or two shifts.

‘‘Given the pleasing results of their function along with the overwhelmingly positive feedback from the community, we are in the process of rolling the cameras out to more officers.’’

Officers will undertake regular training which includes the use and functions of the body worn camera.