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Queensland Fisheries patrol officers to wear body cameras

Staff Writer |
All Queensland fisheries patrol officers will be required to wear cameras to record interactions with the public, Acting Fisheries Minister Anthony Lynham announced.

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Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) officers based at Pinkenba are the first to wear the body cameras which will be a standard part of uniforms across the state by February 2018.

“The roll out of body cameras was a recommendation from a Workplace Health and Safety review of the QBFP,” Dr Lynham said.

“The Palaszczuk Government has accepted the recommendation as it will help to ensure the safety of the patrol officers and with compliance and prosecutions.

“This initiative comes as 20 additional patrol officers started work this month as part of the government’s commitment to vastly improved compliance and data gathering to support better management of our fisheries resources.

“This is a new era in fisheries management and it is appropriate that our front line officers have the tools they require to do their jobs as efficiently as possible.”

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