Police to increase use of wearable recording devices

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Avon and Somerset constabulary revealed it would be rolling out and trialling the chest-mounted cameras in response to a Freedom of Information request.

Avon and Somerset constabulary were contacted but could not yet confirm when the cameras would be introduced or how many officers would have them.

The cameras have been introduced by several UK police forces since 2006, and are used by officers to record video footage at crime scenes, which can then be used as evidence in court.

In their general election manifesto, the Liberal Democrats called for all armed officers and those conducting stop and searches to wear the devices.

Research published by the University of Portsmouth’s Institute of Criminal Justice Studies last month showed public order and assault crimes went down by 20 per cent in areas where officers wore the cameras.

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