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Cops support body cameras

Friday, January 24, 2014    

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FOUR of Jamaica's senior police officers have welcomed yesterday's announcement by Security Minister Peter Bunting that select members of the constabulary will soon start wearing body cameras while on operations.

Bunting said the aim of the measure, scheduled to begin in the second half of this year, is to improve the collection of evidence, improve transparency of police activities, encourage cops to act in accordance with the JCF's professional standards, and to protect the police from unfair allegations of abuse.

"I am in full support of the plans of the police high command," said Senior Superintendent Steve McGregor, head of the volatile Kingston Western Police Division.

"People are taping us and refuting what we are saying, so it only makes sense we start to make recordings of what they do to validate our operations," said McGregor.

Senior Superintendent Anthony Castelle, who is in charge of St Catherine North Police Division, said: "It is something I support, but I would want more time to look at the issue before commenting further."

Head of the Flying Squad Senior Superintendent Cornwall 'Bigga' Ford, said: "Whatever the police high command does, I support 100 per cent."

One senior policeman, who asked not to be named, said: "Jamaicans have heard us talk about some of the things we face at the hands of criminals. I believe this could very well provide some validation to what we are talking about."

Other members of the constabulary also suggested that the technology be introduced at the Traffic Department to record the behaviour of hostile motorists.

-- Kimmo Matthews

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