Frontline officers in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) are to become equipped with closed-circuit body cameras while on duty.
Police said a three-month pilot project on the new body-worn cameras is being launched.
At the end of the project — which is a collaboration between local police and international technology company
In the meantime, Police Commissioner Michael Matthews said the body-cam project is an initiative to modernise local policing.
“We, as officers, need to be able to use CCTV cameras more as part of our standard tools of operation. Footage from these modern body-worn devices can be used as direct evidence in court in relation to incidents captured. It also protects not only officers from accusations of abuse or improper conduct, but importantly provides members of the public with evidential standard proof should there be any such abuse or conduct by officers of the law,” the top cop said.
“It is vitally important that all the modern capabilities available through technology are accessible to my officers,” he added while noting that body cameras will help police ‘gather the most accurate reactions, behaviours and responses’ in anticipation of possible court cases.
A media release from the RVIPF on Monday said police
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