Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Cameras Help Police Film on Job

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Cameras Help Police Film on Job

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Byline: Pamela Frost ARM Newsdesk

IT is hoped a rollout of new body-worn cameras for cops, including 96 for Toowoomba officers, will reduce the number of complaints made against police.

A total of 2200 new cameras were have been rolled out to police stations across Queensland and frontline police officers will strap them to their uniforms and will have to hit the record button whenever they exercise a police power or use force.

Before this rollout, police officers who wanted to wear a camera on their vests had to buy it themselves.

Constable Greg Fairbrother, based in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley, said he used to have his own camera but was looking forward to the new devices. He said more work was required managing his previous camera because of large file sizes.

"We get a number of complaints as police about the use of excess force so it's a good record of what actually happened instead of just our word against the person who's making the complaint's word," he said. …

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