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Aussie state police to be equipped with body-worn cameras

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With a roll out set to be completed before 2020, around 11,000 police officers will be made to wear body cameras in the Australian state of Victoria, state minister for police said Thursday.

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The cameras are a part of a 596 million Australian dollars ($434 million) Public Safety Package.

Victorian Minister for Police Lisa Neville announced the decision on Thursday after a successful six week trial where 150 cameras were handed out in the rural centers of Ballarat and Epping.

"Body worn cameras will help strengthen community safety, improve evidence gathering, and increase accountability and better interaction between police and the community," she said.

"They have already led to quicker results through the courts and we expect these benefits will continue as they're deployed to more and more frontline police."

The body-worn cameras set to make police officers more accountable in their interactions with the public.

During the pilot there were also examples of complaints about police being dropped when the individuals were informed their interactions had been recorded on video.

Before the end of the year 59 police stations will receive around 800 devices, with the completion of the scheme expected to be complete throughout the following year.

In addition to the new requirements, stringent new laws have also been introduced to punish any unauthorized disclosure of the footage.


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