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Aberdeen police to wear headcams
Head cam
The cameras will be used by beat officers in Aberdeen city centre
A Scottish police force is to pilot a head-mounted camera that helps officers record crime and gather evidence against offenders.

Grampian Police will be the first force in Scotland to trial the revolutionary headcams, which are already in use south of the border.

The cameras fit on a headband and are attached to a recording pack worn on the belt.

It allows officers to record incidents while leaving their hands free.

Footage can then be played back to the offenders later on, or used to make a subsequent arrest.

The headcams are being used in Aberdeen city centre streets and licensed premises as part of Grampian Police's "Too Much Drink Can Spoil A Good Night Out" festive campaign.

Technology 'embraced'

The project is being supported by Aberdeen City Council and the procurator fiscal.

A Grampian Police spokesman said: "While this technology is only on trial at present, it has been embraced by forces in England and Wales and the hope is that we can implement it here in the near future.

"There needs to be fine-tuning at this stage but signs are that this could be another string to our bow as we endeavour to prevent and detect crime and enhance community safety.

"This has the potential to take the technology we use to the next level and help us make our communities a safer place."

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