IPOH: Local council enforcement officers in Perak are set to be equipped with body cameras by early next year, says Sandrea Ng.
The state housing and local government committee chairman said the body camera has been proven to be a useful tool to collect evidence when required.
“We are considering the usage of body cameras on local council enforcement officers when conducting operations like catching stray dogs, checking on traders’ licences, monitoring illegal dumping grounds, and more.
“This will increase the level of integrity as well as protect the enforcement officers and the community,” she said during a press conference at the state secretariat building here on Thursday (Dec 7).
“Several ministries and local authorities in other states have also opted to use the body cameras,” she added.
Ng had called for the press conference following complaints from stray dog community feeders that some of the animals had been caught in a cruel way.
In January, Selangor local government committee chairman Ng Sze Han said there have been fewer altercations between enforcement officers and the public due to the cameras.
In Selangor, Shah Alam City Council, Subang Jaya City Council, Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), Kuala Selangor Municipal Council and Hulu Selangor Municipal Council are using body cameras.
Ng said among the matters that they are still discussing included the allocation to purchase the body cameras.
“Since body cameras have been widely used, the prices are somewhat affordable. We are still in the middle of discussing to finalise the matter and an announcement will be made soon,” she said.
Perak has 14 local authorities including Ipoh City Council, Kampar District Council, and Kuala Kangsar Municipal Council.