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Camcorder Carrier

by msecadm4921

Strathclyde Police is turning to technology to cut crime.

Over the next few months, designated officers from Hamilton, Rutherglen and Cambuslang will be carrying a digital camcorder while on patrol, to record instances of anti-social behaviour and disorder.

The move is part of the Community Safety Partnership’s commitment to safer communities and aims to reduce both crime and the fear of crime.

Running for six months, the project will focus on issues such as violent crime, vandalism and public disorder, with one officer overtly filming, as their colleagues deal with the incident and events unfold.

Camcorders are already used by the force for pre-planned operations and large events, such as football matches. It’s hoped that this latest move will compliment the work of officers on the street and be beneficial in reducing crime as well as promoting public reassurance.

Supt Ian Callander of Hamilton Police Office said: “By using this project to target areas which we believe to be problematic, we hope to bring down the instances of anti-social behaviour and disorder that are occurring within them.

 “Many people in communities that suffer from these incidents have a fear of crime and part of our aim over the next six months is to impact on this perception and reassure residents. Along with this, the scheme will enable officers to gather intelligence directly and provide evidence where needed.”

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