Trial of Body Worn Cameras

The Fitzroy Legal Service, along with 25 other organisations, has signed an open letter to Victoria Police Commissioner Graham Ashton regarding the trial of body worm cameras by Victoria Police.

The letter outlines a series of crucial accountability and oversight measures that must be implemented if the program is to achieve the objectives of enhancing safety for both officers and community members, and increasing police transparency and public confidence.

The letter calls for:

1) clear and publicly available guidelines concerning data retention periods;
2) limits on discretionary use by officers and penalties for failure to activate;
3) breadth of access for victims, their lawyers and the public; and
4) rigorous evaluation prior to further expansion.

The full letter can be viewed here.