Police officers to wear cameras

Police officers to wear cameras

SINGAPORE - Officers from Bukit Merah West Neighbourhood Police Centre (NPC) will start to use body-worn cameras (above) today as part of a plan to enhance frontline crime-fighting capabilities.

The devices can capture audio and video, and will be worn in a visible manner on the front of an officer's uniform. They will be switched on and be in recording mode when officers perform their duties.

The officers will have the discretion to stop recording in certain situations, for example, when dealing with sexual offence victims.

Police said strict safeguards are in place on the use of footage, which will be deleted after 31 days from the date of recording, unless it is required to aid investigations.

The cameras will be in use at all 35 NPCs by June next year.

This article was first published on Jan 30, 2015.
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