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​Prison officers trial body-worn camera technology

Published date: Monday 24 December 2018

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Frontline prison officers managing some of the state’s most serious offenders will trial cutting-edge body-worn camera technology to improve officer safety and operational transparency.

Officers from the Extreme High Security Unit and Security Operations Group will participate in the nine-month trial, as well as Immediate Action Teams at nine maximum-security centres across the state.

Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin said the technology allows officers to gather audio and visual evidence in the event of an officer assault, use of force or contraband raid.

“We want our frontline officers to be well equipped to deal with the challenges of the job, and these body-worn cameras add an extra layer of safety and transparency to their work,” Mr Severin said.

“This technology puts offenders on notice – if they try to assault, intimidate or threaten harm to an officer with a body-worn camera, it will be recorded.”

The camera is attached to the front of an officer’s uniform and waits in stand-by until the officer activates the camera’s record function. Once activated, the camera retains the 30 seconds of video prior to activation and continues recording.

Corrective Services NSW officers currently use hand-held cameras to record spontaneous serious and critical incidents.

Assistant Commissioner Security and Intelligence Mark Wilson PSM said the new technology would allow officers to better capture spontaneous incidents and resolve investigations more quickly.

“Body-worn cameras allow our officers to act swiftly and confidently in situations requiring use of force, without fear of being wrongfully accused of assault,” Mr Wilson said.

“The high quality of the digital video evidence also allows us to better review critical incidents and resolve investigations more rapidly.”

The trial will occur at Silverwater’s Metropolitan Remand and Reception Centre, Silverwater Women’s, Long Bay, Wellington, Macquarie, Shortland, Cessnock, Lithgow and Goulburn correctional centres.

The trial will start in December and the results will inform a potential roll out to other areas of CSNSW including the Court Escort Security Unit.