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DATE: August 9, 2018

The WA Police Union has welcomed the introduction of body worn cameras for police officers.

WAPU President George Tilbury said body worn cameras would enhance member safety and provide courts with high quality evidence.

“The courts will now be able to see what the police officer sees including the demeanor of charged persons at the time of the offence,” Mr Tilbury said.

“It is all well and good to show up to court, sometimes weeks after the offence, in a neat and well-presented state, but often that is not what police officers are confronted with at the time of the incident. Video evidence would give magistrates an accurate, warts and all portrayal of the offender.”

Mr Tilbury said police officers through the 2017 WAPU Annual Conference had made it clear they wanted body worn cameras.

“We are very pleased the Commissioner has found funds for this essential equipment in an environment where agencies and the State Government always use the state of the finances as an excuse not to invest.”

Mr Tilbury said WAPU was looking forward to a full briefing from the Commissioner about the rollout.