Colac police officers will record audio and video interactions with community members through new body-worn cameras.
Colac, Apollo Bay, Beeac, Birregurra, Forrest, Lavers Hill, Lorne and Winchelsea are among the 59 Victoria police stations to introduce the cameras, with the region’s stations due to have the cameras by the end of the year.
Colac police officers debuted the body-worn cameras on Monday, with all officers in the Colac Otway Shire using the new devices when exercising policing duties.
Colac Senior Sergeant Ken Slingsby says the rollout of body-worn cameras for police across the district encouraged transparency and safety.
“The body-worn cameras are up and running,” Sen Sgt Slingsby said.
“They clip onto the member’s ballistic vest and are used to capture both audio and video recordings of interactions between police members and the public.
“The cameras were recommended by the Royal Commission into Family Violence in March 2016 for evidence and statement collection.
“It is anticipated that their use will enable more successful prosecutions and reduced trauma for victims of crime.
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