Updated: 03/06/2014 23:12

Frontline Police Officers to be equipped with body-worn cams



Frontline Police Officers to be equipped with body-worn cams

Frontline police officers will soon be equipped with "body-worn" cameras to deter crimes. 

This was revealed by Second Home Affairs Minister, S Iswaran in the Committee of Supply Debate today. 

He says a pilot will start in the middle of this year. 

"The experience of police forces in countries like the UK and Canada indicate that such cameras and their recordings have been useful in deterring crime, calming rowdy members of the public, and providing valuable investigative leads." 

Mr Iswaran also disclosed that Police Cameras will be rolled out to 1,000 more blocks and multi-storey carparks by the end of this year. 

He also expects all 10,000 HDB blocks and multi-storey carparks to be covered by 2016. 

Police cameras have been installed at over 2,000 HDB blocks and multi-storey carparks, across all 16 Town Councils so far. 

And over a period of 21 months, footage from these cameras have been used to solve 48 crime cases, and generate investigative leads for a further 195 cases. 

Mr Iswaran says the Home Team will continue to seek new ways to leverage on technology as a force multiplier.

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