Police officers to be given body cameras

Humberside Police
Humberside Police

State-of-the-art body cameras will be issued to police in Bridlington.

Humberside Police is issuing almost 1,700 officers with the technology, although the East Riding will be the last part of the force area to be affected.

It said it hopes the cameras will reduce verbal and physical aggression towards officers, help to secure convictions and prevent vulnerable victims having to attend court and give evidence at trial.

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Noble said: “We are excited to have such new and cutting edge technology to help us serve the communities in our area. The biggest motivation for rolling out this technology is to support victims - especially victims of domestic abuse.

“If just one perpetrator is put before the courts, who otherwise would’ve escaped justice, then the roll out of the cameras will have been worth all of the expense and complexities.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter added: “The benefits of this type of equipment are beginning to be recognised and I hope and anticipate that there will be fewer assaults on officers, that victims will have to attend court less frequently and that more guilty people will be convicted.

“Many forces already have cameras but I’m determined that Humberside Police gets on the front foot and leads rather than follows, so I provided the funds to buy this state of the art equipment, outstripping the capability of most other forces because our officers deserve to have the best tools available to do their job so that communities are best served by them.”