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Cop cam plan to film Falmouth revellers
7:00am Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
Night-time revellers who misbehave in Falmouth now stand a good chance of being caught on film as the police utilise new body worn cameras in a bid to bring down crime rates.
The cameras, which record in colour and capture sound, measure about 12cm and are worn on an officer’s chest. Four of them are being used in Falmouth as part of a pilot between the police and the anti-social behaviour team at Safer Cornwall, to gauge their effectiveness on reducing crime.
The cameras are primarily being used by officers patrolling The Moor, Market Street and Church Street areas of Falmouth at the weekends between 11pm and 3am. Falmouth’s neighbourhood sergeant, Dave Cook, said: “The idea is to reduce the number of alcohol related crime in the area.
“They (the cameras) are a very good deterrent as people tend not to misbehave as much if they realise they are being videoed doing it. The cameras produce very good evidence if any prosecution is necessary. They are colour and the quality is very good and the sound is also very good. They are very good for identification purposes.” Officers have spent some time familiarising themselves with the new technology and are now wearing them regularly when out on night-time patrol or if called to specific incidents where video evidence could prove helpful.
“They are an aid to policing rather than anything else and have been used within the anti-social behaviour remit and also outside of it, in general policing” said Sgt Cook. “They have already proved their worth in the pilot which runs until the end of September and our hope then is to persuade Devon and Cornwall constabulary to buy more cameras.
“The antisocial behaviour team will also be looking at the results to see if it’s worth them having more cameras. There has been a great deal of interest from other towns like Newquay and Penzance.”
Posters and banners have gone up in Falmouth’s main streets and pubs to warn people that the body worn cameras are being used by the police.
“We are making everybody aware that the police down in town will be wearing these cameras and that if you come into contact with them, then you’re likely to be videoed,” said Sgt Cook.
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