Test Valley parking wardens to wear body worn cameras

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Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:41am 15th March 2019.

The Borough Council's giving their civil enforcement officers the new equipment from next month.

The body worn cameras are being brought in, in repsonse to 'an increase in verbal and physical aggression' against members of staff.

Test Valley Borough Council also held a public consultation to see what residents thought about the idea - with the majority supporting the plan.

Deputy leader of Test Valley Borough Council, Councillor Nick Adams-King, said:

"The decision to introduce cameras has not been taken lightly, and I'm very pleased that we are now introducing them.

"Unfortunately, over the past few years, we have noted an increase in the number of incidents of both verbal and physical aggression towards our CEOs. The introduction of cameras will help keep our staff safe, which for us is a top priority. It is also important that we ensure our parking civil enforcement officers respond appropriately in difficult situations."

The cameras will start to be used in the Borough from April 2019.

FOLLOWING OTHER AUTHORITIES:

Test Valley's been getting advice from other councils in Hampshire in making the decision to introduce the cameras.

Other authorities have reported 'more positive interactions' with members of the public as a result.

Wiltshire Council body worn cctv cameras
Civil enforcement officers at Wiltshire Council are already wearing similar equipment

Wiltshire Council's civil enforcement officers have been wearing body worn cameras since November 2018.

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