By David Newble
Friday, March 1, 2013
RESIDENTS are being asked about their views on equipping police on the Isle of Wight with body worn video cameras.
A study is being carried out by the University of Portsmouth’s Institute of Justice to find out what people think about the proposals.
The small, portable cameras are mounted on a uniformed officer’s clothing and will be turned on when an incident occurs, so a recording can be made of what happens.
Residents will be asked how much they trust police to record all appropriate incidents and whether they think the cameras will help officers identify criminals.
The survey can be found in this week's edition of the Isle of Wight County Press, Friday, March 1.
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by david wright
3rd March 2013, at 01:25:34
I think they should be mandatory not a choice. It protects the police officer doing his duty and the person being dealt with by the officer. I am seriously considering getting a camera for my van as they are starting to come in to use now as a camera can reduce insurance cost and be useful in a disputed he said/she said insurance claim! **** if its your fault though but maybe it will make you drive better! I'd fit immobilizer breath testers to all new cars too so drunk driving was impossible if you had been drinking! Bring on big brother as it appears time and time again we are all too stupid not to be controlled!
by Phil McCracken
2nd March 2013, at 21:47:02
Is the survey accessible online?
by Lee Thomas
2nd March 2013, at 18:36:24
I can't see what the problem is as long as you are not in the wrong - you have nothing to worry about, it's these young muppets that want to cause trouble and give the police and people of this island hassle. This was only ever used by the EGT's, but I do think this will assist both officer and the indivdual if it goes to court, so the court may decide for or against on the crime.Bring them on I say..................
by Terry Dalley
2nd March 2013, at 17:02:53
These cameras will be something that will make sure the right person is in the frame in most cases .Any one who is worried about their privacy being invaded is living in cloud cuckoo land privacy went out long long ago ,Ref Insurance NO Medical card NO Motor licence and many other things .We are all monitored every day in every way and have little control over it so if you behave yourself and act correctly you have nothing to fear but fear its self ,any help the police have to do their job must be used to its full potential.
by geoffrey clynch
2nd March 2013, at 13:30:59
Alan, you have to look at the bigger picture, this is just one of the many small steps to create TOTAL surveilance on every citizen,(1984)..George Orwell, is happening in front of your eyes NOW
by Alan Bennett
1st March 2013, at 19:12:06
There will those that cry 'civil liberties, or big brother', but any honest Islander has nothing to fear from police wearing cameras . I was a juror on a case a few years ago when a silver tongued lawyer and a smart **** 'expert' got a career criminal off a charge. You could see the exasperation on the face of the Judge at the 'not guilty' verdict. If the officer giving evidence had had the benefit of video evidence there might be one less criminal on the streets.
by Lee Majors
1st March 2013, at 18:30:20
Robert, Not an expensive gimmick, HD cameras can be found quite cheap these days, I always carry one, click one button and it records exactly what is going on, BUT for the Police to use a member of publics evidence it must come direct from the hard memory, no point you filming something, sticking it in our computer, making a movie, then giving it as evidence to the Police, they need unedited footage. Take me for example, I was merrily walking around the island countryside and I saw a group of men acting strangely, these were country folk judging by their clothes, they were doing something naughty with a small red animal about the size of a dog, well, by the time the Police got there several people had been assaulted, so it always pays to carry a camera, get the criminal on YouTube forever, name and shame!
by neil jacks
1st March 2013, at 16:10:06
I agree with Lee.
by david walker
1st March 2013, at 14:38:21
might provide proof and lead to a conviction a court appearance pathetic fine and a telling off. Any wonder why todays young dont give a toss.
by Liam Thom
1st March 2013, at 14:34:53
If they sold one of them gurt BMWs they could afford to equip the whole police force with a video gadget.
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