Body cameras for police officers in Lincoln to tackle violent crime
Police officers in Lincoln will wear video cameras to help tackle violent crime in the city.
The body cameras will be used during emergency call outs, at large events such as football matches and the Christmas Market.
They will also be used while revellers are out in the city centre at the weekend.
It is hoped they will help cut violent crime, aggression aimed at police and lead to more early guilty pleas from defendants.
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Lincolnshire Police will begin a four-month trial of 19 cameras in early October. If they are a success, they could be rolled out across the county early next year.
"The cameras will not be recording all of the time and officers will have the discretion as to when they use the cameras," said Inspector Mark Kirwan, operational business lead for the project.
"As a matter of law, officers do not have to say they are filming because it is a visible overt camera but as a matter of good operational practice they will say when the camera is recording where possible.
"The assessment of the trial will focus on whether there is a reduction in violent crime, whether there is an increase in the resolution of violent crime and whether there is a reduction in anti-social behaviour.
"We will also look at if there has been a reduction in aggression towards police officers and whether they help the police and courts save time and money with early guilty pleas."
Jon Hassall, chairman of Lincolnshire Police Federation, welcomed the trial and pointed out it would also provide a record of how officers handle situations.
He said: "It will provide clear evidence to rebuff malicious complaints against officers, which we sometimes get.
"If the results are there and it does not affect the number of officers we can afford then I would welcome it to be rolled out."
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