Icelandic Police Roll out Body Cameras
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The Reykjavík Metropolitan Police has bought 40 Reveal D-Series body cameras and deployed them for the first time last weekend. According to Chief Superintendent Ásgeir Þór Ásgeirsson, their purpose is to provide better evidence through being an independant witness of incidents and crime scenes.
The Metropolitan police started using ten body cameras as part of a pilot in 2016 to establish whether the cameras were feasible and beneficial. Following the success of the pilot, the decision was made to increase the number of cameras so there are enough for all working police officers to be issued a body camera at the start of their shift.
“And, of course, we’ve had a few difficult cases recently where we would have wanted to have a video recording of events to show the side of the police officer in order to eliminate all doubts over what happened in the scene,” Ásgeir told Vísir.
“I think that in the end, having this footage will save us money."
“The police officer is always the one who presses record but once the cameras have been introduced, we will want to have as much footage as we can,” says Ásgeir.