PETERBOROUGH-The Peterborough Police Service have announced that their In-Car Camera System is now operational.
Cameras have been installed and officers have been trained on the system which is in all marked and some unmarked cruisers. The system has two recording devices which are attached to the police vehicle. The devices are set to record audio and video for front facing activity outside the vehicle and within the prisoner-control area of the rear seat.
“This is important technology for your police service as it will help with transparency, accountability, efficiency, and effectiveness,” says Chief Stuart Betts. “But most importantly it’s about safety for the community and safety for officers.”
The system also includes an Automated License Plate Reader which will allow officers to be notified of drivers/vehicles that should not be on the road.
As part of the launch of this technology, the Peterborough Police Service has developed a procedure document for their use. The documents will guide how long the video is kept, how it is used for training and media purposes and who has access to it.
“The Peterborough Police Service is committed to ensuring the safety of its citizens and have developed a series of Frequently Asked Questions,” adds Chief Betts. “We have also developed a webpage with a feedback form. I have worked in an organization where this type of technology was used, and it proved to be invaluable as a source for capturing events that take place on our roadways. It’s hard to dispute something when it’s captured on video. In terms of accountability, I have used it to verify or refute claims of officer behaviour.”
The Service has created a video to show the public and the media what the cameras will see in and around the car. View it here: https://youtu.be/C3ngcRHNKKA
To learn more about the technology used by the Peterborough Police Service go to: https://www.peterboroughpolice.com/technology/