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MoJ invests £2m in body-worn cameras to boost jail safety

Matteo Natalucci Published 24 October 2017

Prison officers in England and Wales now have access to body-worn cameras as part of multimillion pound investment to improve safety in jails

 

Prison officers are to follow the police in getting body worn video.

Following successful trials in 22 facilities, officers at every prison across England and Wales will now have access to a body-worn cameras. These devices are being used to record incidents, acting as both a deterrent and providing evidence to aid prosecutions.

Every prison officer in England and Wales will now have access to body-worn cameras after 5,600 were rolled out as part of a security boost announced last week by Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah.

The body-worn cameras will act as a visible deterrent against violence and will assist in prosecutions against those who commit crimes in jails.

The package forms part of a commitment by the government to ensure prison officers have the right resources for the job and that strong evidence is available for use against those who are violent towards them.

It follows the start of a rollout of body-worn cameras by the Metropolitan Police Service, which announced it would be issuing cameras to 22,000 frontline officers in October last year.

Governors at priority prisons have already been given an additional £10m to help promote safety and tackle the influx of violence. This funding has ramped up security measures by providing additional CCTV cameras, mobile phone detection technology, and metal detectors.








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