Northern Territory police, Australia, trial Reveal body cameras
Northern Territory police, Australia, have begun a three-month trial of Reveal RS2-X2 body-worn cameras recording high-definition video and audio.
The officers have unrestricted powers to record wherever they go in the course of their duties, including public spaces as well as private places such as homes and offices.
Police say the Reveal body cameras will help improve police transparency, reduce paperwork, and supply useful evidence to the courts.
Reveal body cameras are already in widespread use in 30 countries around the world. However, in November, New South Wales parliament passed a bill giving frontline police the power to use body-worn video cameras following widespread trials earlier in the year.
It has been proposed the Reveal cameras will eventually be worn by every NSW frontline officer.
In recent years there have been limited trials in South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland, including at the recent G20 summit of world leaders in Brisbane.
ABC.net stated that the Reveal RS2-X2 is “unlike other body-worn cameras trialled in Australia it has a screen that faces outwards and shows what the camera is recording.”
Acting Deputy Commissioner Reece Kershaw affirmed "The person they're recording can see their image on the screen facing them at the time"
The front facing screen is a unique feature that only Reveal body cameras have. It has been found all over the world to change subject’s behaviour when they can see themselves being recorded. This can de-escalate potentially confrontational situations, protecting officers and saving time.
The RS2-X2 also records high-quality video and audio, has a 120 degree horizontal field of view and weighs about 130 grams.
The trial ends March 31, 2015.