Magherafelt PSNI to ‘pilot body worn video cameras’


Police in Magherafelt have begun a pilot scheme to introduce the use of Body Worn Video cameras (BWV) within the PSNI.

The project will be evaluated by the PSNI in partnership with the College of Policing and Cambridge University. The evaluation will help inform the introduction of Body Worn Video for the entire organisation.

Initially, they will be used by response officers G District which also covers Foyle, Strabane, and Limavady.

Superintendent Garry Eaton, the G District Operations Manager, said the technology potentially offered a number of advantages for police and public alike.

“Officers can wear the cameras on their uniform and use it when they respond to a call or interact with members of the public.

“These contacts will be captured and can be downloaded and used in evidence where appropriate.

“We believe the cameras will not only help us fight crime and support victims but help us to be more accountable.

“They offer an opportunity to capture events as they happen and to store them so that they can be played back later to support victims and establish facts.

“One of the advantages is the immediacy that the cameras offer. Capturing pictures for example of an assault victim’s injuries and their own words within minutes of police attending is valuable to us.”