Police Could Wear CCTV Cameras in Their Hats
Miniature CCTV cameras could be planted on the headgear of police walking the streets of Norwich, England, under terms of a proposal to cut down on vandalism and other anti-social behaviors.
Areas like Sunderland, Cleveland, Plymouth, and Nottingham have already tested the idea, resulting in lower incidents of violence and minor crimes.
“It means people can walk around recording what’s going on and gathering evidence,” says Steve Morphew, head of the Norwich City Council. “It’s being used in Nottingham and is an incredibly powerful tool because youngsters don’t misbehave when they are being recorded.”
The camera tests have helped convict at least a dozen offenders in various parts of the country for crimes, including assaults and break-ins.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) from the Norwich Evening News (03/05/07); Walsh, Peter.