Norfolk Crime Commissioner Turns to Reveal Body Worn Video
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Norfolk and Suffolk Police have turned to Reveal body worn video, after reported assaults on police officers rose from 73 in the year 2011-2012, to 475 in the year 2015-2016.
In February, a female student police officer was repeatedly punched in the face in Norfolk Street, Kings Lynn, leaving her swollen and bruised.
A man was charged with assaulting a police officer and a public order offence.
The assault prompted Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner Lorne Green to speak out against ‘outrageous’ attacks on police officers.
“An assault on the police is an assault on the community, because we rely on the police to keep our community safe. It can’t be tolerated,” he said.
“If our police are to protect us we owe it to them to do what we can to protect them from this kind of cowardly attack.
“I think it’s outrageous, this attack on a young police officer.”
Mr Green recently confirmed that all frontline police officers will be equipped with Reveal’s body cameras.
Reveal’s body cameras feature an outward-facing playback screen, so that members of the public can see themselves being recorded in real time. The screen has proved to have a calming effect, de-escalating situations by highlighting and making the member(s) of the public aware of their behaviour.
“I think when body worn cameras begin to appear on the streets it will go some way to ensuring our police officers are safe,” said Mr Green.
“I believe some potential assailants will be deterred from attacking a police officer if they know they’re being filmed.”
Operation Hyperion, a study conducted by researchers from the University of Portsmouth, saw that assaults against officers fell by a third when body worn video was introduced.
Norfolk and Suffolk Police plan to roll out the body camera in a three-phased project.
The body cameras will firstly be rolled out to traffic police and armed officers, and then the second phase will equip police constables and sergeants on patrol with body cameras. The third and final phase will see police community support officers and special constables using body cameras.
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