Page last updated at 09:42 GMT, Monday, 26 May 2008 10:42 UK

Police trial body-worn cameras

A camera on a police officer's hat
Eighty body-worn cameras are being issued across the force

Head and body cameras are being issued to police across Sussex under a Home Office-funded trial.

Eighty video cameras - which can be fitted to a police cap or clothing and are the size of a slim torch - are being introduced.

Officers in Brighton, Worthing, Crawley and Eastbourne will take part in the trial, which is also being conducted by other police forces across England.

Supt Russ Whitfield said the cameras were "discrete but visible".

Incidents and arrests

He said they would help officers store vital evidence when called to situations involving all crimes.

But he said there would be particular focus on domestic abuse and antisocial behaviour, as well as stop searches and licensing enforcement.

The cameras have already been used with success in parts of the police force, but this "more focused" trial would test the best equipment on the market and gauge its effectiveness, he added.

People will be informed they are being filmed, and the equipment will be used to video incidents and arrests.


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