Police equip themselves with body cameras

Police equip themselves with body cameras

The Ghana Police Service has taken delivery of 250 body cameras to be used by its personnel to capture images.

The 250 are considered the first batch of 3,000 pieces expected to be delivered by the close of 2019, as part of efforts to enhance police transparency and accountability.

Police body cameras are small-lensed devices, oftenly worn on an officer's chest to capture images. The device also comes with a microphone to record sound and internal storage for data or footage for later review and analysis.

As part of the consignment delivered to the police are 4,500 body armour, ballistic helmets and riot control gadgets.

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Speaking in an interview with the Daily Graphic, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante-Apeatu, said the use of the gadgets would help the police a great deal.

He said it would take away the issues of misconduct by personnel that would otherwise have taken supervisors to discover.

According to him, before a police officer would be issued with a body camera, it would be tested to ensure that the sound, camera and recording functions were working effectively.

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“If you return from the field and cannot produce a report from your operation from the body camera, you will have to answer,” he said.

He said it would be in the interest of police officers to use the cameras because if a case was reported against an officer during an operation or exercise but there was no recording to back it, that officer would certainly be in trouble.

The 250 cameras are considered the first batch of 3,000 pieces expected to be delivered by the close of 2019, as part of efforts to enhance police transparency and accountability.

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