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Body-worn cameras for police in North-West

Michael Ferguson, Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Police body-worn cameras are continuing to be rolled out across Tasmania and will be in use by North-West frontline officers from tomorrow.

Body-worn cameras are important tools for police and the expected benefits include:

  • Improvements to officer safety and more accurate records regarding use of force incidents;
  • A reduction in vexatious complaints against police;
  • Increased support to victims of family violence in court proceedings; and
  • Changes in offender behaviour.

Body-worn cameras have already been issued to Hobart and Launceston police officers.

The Government has committed $3.4 million over four years to provide cameras to Tasmania Police, aimed at improving the safety of our hardworking police officers and the community.

Legislation to amend the Police Powers (Surveillance Devices) Act 2006 and the Listening Devices Act 1991 to support the use of body-worn cameras passed the Parliament last month.

This is another example of the Hodgman Liberal Government delivering on our plan to support the important work police do and make Tasmanians’ lives better.

We are committed to continuing to provide Tasmania Police with contemporary equipment and technology to increase the safety of our police officers, community members and victims of crime.

Tasmania is now a better place to live than ever before and the Hodgman Liberal Government will continue to deliver on our long-term plan to make Tasmania an even safer place to live.