Body Worn Cameras: increasingly popular amongst frontline workers

Edesix Body Worn Cameras are ideal for Front Line workers in helping them deter abuse whilst capturing evidential footage.

Body Worn Cameras (BWCs) are becoming an increasingly common sight in today’s society.

Benefits of outfitting frontline workers with these cameras, which include the efficient gathering of vital evidence during incidents and deterring aggressive behaviour directed towards operators, have been recognised by industries beyond the Police & Criminal Justice. A variety of recently published articles demonstrate this increase in both the commencement of field trials and full adoption of BWC solutions in industries such as Parking & Civil Enforcement; Health Care; Prison Services and Security.

One example of such an article, as published by The Guardian, describes life inside Oakwood prison, together with all its problems and challenges. When addressing the problem of aggression in the privately run jail, the article points out that guards are outfitted not with truncheons, but with body cameras instead. The article goes on to state that this has been a very successful innovation, especially when acting as a tool for de-escalating violent incidents.

 

“As soon as they see the camera recording they swear a few times, and they calm down”
Prison Guard, Oakwood Prison

Two other articles, published by the Macclesfield Express and the Donegal Daily, address the reasoning behind a field trial of BWCs by Cheshire East traffic wardens, and the full adoption of the cameras by Donegal Civil Enforcement Officers.

According to a spokesman of the Cheshire East traffic wardens, Civil Enforcement Officers occasionally become the target for abuse when enforcing parking regulations. In the event of a confrontation, BWCs are able to capture crucial evidence, which is expected to deter abusive behaviour towards CEOs from motorists or members of the public.

 

"... incidents of abuse or violence towards our teams in Cheshire East are few and far between. However, we cannot deny that there have been one or two pretty unpleasant events where capturing the evidence on camera would have helped to prosecute an offender."
Les Gilbert, Cabinet Member for Communities and Enforcement

 

The Donegal County Council has already moved past trialling BWCs in the field, and has decided make body worn CCTV a standard part of its traffic wardens’ outfitting. John McLaughlin, Director of Roads & Transportation with Donegal County Council, explains that the overall aim of using BWCs is to protect the personal safety of traffic wardens when they are out doing their jobs. He went on to add that research on BWCs showed that the cameras help in reducing the amount and severity of confrontations between CEOs and members of the public.

 

“Most traffic wardens are working on their own and this device [BWC] is about ensuring their personal safety while doing their job. We hope that it will not be needed too often but it is there as a safety precaution.”
John McLaughlin, Director of Roads & Transportation with Donegal County Council

 

A final article, published by the Oxford Mail, addresses the adoption of BWCs by Oxford University Hospitals (OUH), one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the UK. Security Guards of all four OUH hospitals have been outfitted with the cameras to capture footage of violent attacks and aggression directed at both staff and patients. As has been the case in the before mentioned articles and industries, the main motivation for using the cameras lies in the desire to prevent situations from escalating. Rachel Collins, security manager of the OUH, states that a reduction of violent and aggressive incidents on the OUH’s premises will benefit both visitors and staff. According to Collins, the presence of the cameras will also better protect staff against false allegations made by either patients or visitors.

 

“Obviously the vast majority of people who come to the trust are doing so through need. Clearly, if we can reduce instances of violence and aggression from other people that will benefit them.”
Rachel Collins, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Security Manager

 

Benefits of Body Worn Cameras
Having been thoroughly field-tested by frontline security workers in a multitude of environments, VideoBadge Body Worn Cameras have proven themselves to be of benefit during challenging situations and incidents. The presence of a body worn camera can help in de-escalating situations by serving as a deterrent to aggressive behaviour directed towards its operators, and can record high definition video and audio evidence when proven necessary. This evidence can be used to secure convictions and counter false complaints made against operators of BWCs.

Key features & benefits of the VideoBadge Body Worn Camera

  • HD video & audio recordings
  • Extra protection for operators
  • Aggression control
  • Quick complaint & dispute resolution
  • Pre-record function available
  • Secure & encrypted storage
  • Discreet yet functional & durable design
  • Easy-to-use hardware & software

 

“The cameras will assist us in investigations and protecting our staff from false allegations when dealing with patients and visitors.”
Rachel Collins, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Security Manager