Police to get over 2,000 body cameras

OVER 2,000 units of body-worn cameras will be procured for frontline police personnel next year, the Dewan Rakyat was told.

The Home Ministry said the use of body-worn cameras by policemen, on field operations will avoid allegations of misconduct and help protect the image of the police.

“The request for the Body-Worn Camera Rolling Plan 1 (RP1) project under RMK-12 for the police Phase 1 will involve the procurement of a total of 2,168 units of 4G body-worn cameras.

“Their procurement is expected to be implemented next year, ” said the ministry in a written reply.

Oscar Ling (PH-Sibu) asked the Home Ministry to explain its plan to equip each officer with body-worn cameras to avoid accusations of abuse of power and corruption.

The Home Ministry said the government remains committed to implementing the policy of using body-worn cameras.

Besides improving transparency, the Home Ministry added the move would improve positive relations between the police and the public.

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