Police officers across Staffordshire are now using body cams funded by Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis.
They have been rolled out to all frontline officers, Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and Special Constables in the county. The cameras are part of a major investment in new technology. They provide vital evidence in key investigations, improve transparency when dealing with the public, and can act as a deterrent when dealing with offenders.
Officers can, at the touch of a button, record video and audio at crime scenes, which can then be played directly in court as evidence.
Mr Ellis said: “This is part of a major technology plan to free up officer time and create thousands of extra hours of visible policing.
“Body cams are about ensuring everything that’s done is open, honest and transparent so that public confidence is improved.
“They help officers get the best possible evidence, will protect people who are being arrested and save a vast amount of time by providing actual pictorial evidence in court rather than thousands and thousands of words.”