Ghana’s Police Service will from May 2019 begin using body cams in it’s operations.
According to the Police Administration the deployment of the body cams will enhance and ensure transparency and accountability amongst personnel.
The Director-General in charge of Services, Deputy Communication of Police (DCOP), Mr Alex Amponsah-Asiamah, told the Daily Graphic in an interview in Accra that the Police Administration would take delivery of the first batch of 300 pieces of the body cameras by the middle of April 2019.
He noted that in all 3,000 pieces of the body cams will be purchased for the police by end of 2019.
DCOP Amponsah-Asiamah added that the purchase and use of body cams forms part of the transformational agenda in the service and also to win public confidence.
He further noted that the use of the body cameras by police officers on the field would enhance evidence gathering, necessary for the proper prosecution of alleged cases of police misconduct.
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Police body cameras are small-lensed devices, often worn on an officer’s chest to capture images. It has a microphone to record sounds and internal storage for data or footage for later review and analysis.
The police in Ghana have been classified as being intolerant and bullying. Some police office on Thursday, March 24, 2019 assaulted three Ghana Times journalists in the glare viewing of the public.
The IGP has since called for the interdiction of three officers in the abuse of the journalists.
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