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Staffordshire Police issued with wearable video cameras
Police wear video cameras to capture any drunken violence in town centres

Police in south Staffordshire have got a new addition to their uniform.

Wireless video cameras are being worn by officers patrolling the streets of Stafford, Stone, Cannock and Rugeley to make the towns safer.

Staffordshire Police have introduced the latest high-tech equipment in a bid to stamp out town centre alcohol-fuelled violence.

Footage taken by the cameras can be used as evidence if a case goes to court.

It's all part of Operation Safer Nights which brings together under one banner a number of policing activities aimed at reducing violent incidents in town centres.

Chase division had 20 body-worn cameras in operation over the New Year, with further systems being purchased in January 2010.

Clearly visible

Video camera

The new cameras which are clearly visible on the front of officers uniforms, take just moments to activate by the wearer.

Chief Inspector Carl Ratcliffe said: "This new equipment demonstrates that the force is at the leading edge of technological developments and should serve as a warning that we will not tolerate anyone causing trouble in our town centres.

"These cameras offer additional flexibility. They can go in places where some of the strategically placed CCTV cameras can't get.

"Also, they offer the ability for officers to record sound so if we need to use that as evidence at court, the magistrates can actually hear what has been said and sense the atmosphere a lot better."

Cameras 'reassure' public

"Some of the feedback that we've had so far from the public who've seen them and watched us using them are that they certainly feel reassured by the extra presence of officers out on the streets using equipment like this.

"Our focus under Operation Safer Nights, is to keep our town centres even safer and free from incidents of alcohol-related violence.

"These are safe and enjoyable places for residents and visitors and we aim to ensure that they remain so."

The new technology has been used previously in the Leek Moorlands area.

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