Environment Agency officers wear body cams to fight waste crime

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
The trial found wearing the cameras helped to reduce incidents of anti-social behaviours, assaults and threats against EA staff

Environment Agency (EA) officers in East Midlands will begin to wear body cameras to prevent anti-social behaviour following a successful six-month pilot.

The trial found wearing the cameras helped to reduce incidents of anti-social behaviours, assaults and threats against EA staff.

There has been a growing number of abusive incidents during site inspections to waste sites with footage captured on a bodycam in the North-East recently used to convict an offender.

The defendants pleaded guilty to wilfully obstructing the officers from their duties and using abusive behaviour towards two officers when he knew they had video evidence.

Pete Haslock, enforcement team leader for the EA in the East Midlands, said: “We want to get on with our jobs without the threat of violence and the cameras will help to protect staff and bring obstructive individuals to justice. Officers will switch on the cameras if and when they enter a hostile situation or where hostility may be anticipated.”

Studies have shown people are less likely to contest evidence when they know their offence is captured on camera, which could help speed up justice and reduce legal costs.


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