Dartmoor Rangers will wear body cams

Wednesday 20th April 2022 7:23 am
Windy Post on Dartmoor. Picture copyright DNPA. ()

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Dartmoor Rangers are now equipped with a body worn video camera (BWV).

Rangers will use BWV as part of their role.

A spokesperson for the Dartmoor National Park Authority said: ‘This is to protect their health, safely and welfare and will be used in situations where they may experience physical or verbal abuse.

‘The introduction of the technology adds to DNPA’s existing health and safety policies that support staff and ensure they feel safe and secure at work.

‘The camera, worn attached to Rangers’ uniform, will be clearly identifiable and will capture moving images and audio.

‘Rangers will trial the devices for 24 months and there’ll be a review of their effectiveness after 18 months.

‘The cameras will be incident-specific and won’t be used for general patrols or duties.’

Ranger Team Manager Simon Lee said: ‘Body worn video cameras offers us an extra layer of protection against any anti-social or aggressive behaviour by capturing specific incidents as they unfold.

‘We hope they will act as a deterrent, but footage could be used as evidence to support legal action if it’s considered appropriate to do so.’

The introduction of BWV was unanimously agreed by Dartmoor National Park Authority in January.

To find out more about how Dartmoor Rangers will use BWV cameras see the policy and guidance on the website https://www.dartmoor.gov.uk

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