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Body worn video devices

Wiltshire Council Civil Enforcement Officers wear Body worn video devices. 

The purpose of using a body worn video device is to:

  • Serve as a deterrent to acts of aggression or verbal and physical abuse
  • Help to protect officers at work (for Health and Safety purposes)
  • Capture images close up, including audio recording
  • Allow the officer to maintain the use of his/her hands and enforcement equipment whilst recording an incident
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The technology will be used by the council's Civil Enforcement Team whose officers deal with parking enforcement. 

Civil Enforcement Officers will have received training in the use of body-worn cameras including:

  • Practical use of equipment
  • On-street operational guidance i.e. when to commence and cease recording
  • Legal implications of using such equipment
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The body worn video device will be used in an overt manner. Before recording, officers will give a clear verbal instruction that recording is about to take place (unless in an emergency situation).

Civil Enforcement Officers will activate the camera when they:

  • Have an engagement with a member of the public which, in the opinion of the officer, is confrontational and where they believe that they may be subject to physical or verbal abuse
  • Encounter a situation in which they are approached by a member of the public in a manner perceived as aggressive or threatening
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Last updated: 18 February 2019 | Last reviewed: 18 February 2019