Saturday, January 25, 2014
Some Jamaican police units will soon be wearing video cameras on their uniforms in part to encourage officers to use appropriate force and perhaps curb high rates of killings by law enforcers in a country where they have long been accused of trigger-happy tactics.
On Thursday, National Security Minister Peter Bunting announced that ??select?? units of the Jamaica Constabulary Force will start wearing the cameras this year. The small cameras record anything from a traffic stop to a car chase to an unfolding violent crime and are typically worn on an officer?s lapel or on a small headset.
It is said the cameras will encourage professional behavior by police officers, improve transparency and evidence collection, and head off unfair allegations of wrongdoing.