Police Federation endorses body cameras, taxi group says they will cut corruption
The Jamaica Police Federation is supporting the wearing of body cameras by police personnel saying it will greatly enhance law enforcement in Jamaica.
Under a new pilot project, some 120 members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force will now have to wear body cameras when dealing with members of the public.
Chairman of the Police Federation, Sergeant Raymond Wilson, says the body cameras can provide much needed evidence from police operations that can vindicate law enforcers and members of the public.
Wilson says the devices will also give the public insight into the difficult work that members of the constabulary have to do daily.
Superintendent Norris Rhooms of the Police Information and Communications Technology Division has said cops who do not use the camera while interacting with the public, especially in questionable circumstances, will be sanctioned and so Wilson is encouraging police personnel to wear the cameras.
IN PHOTO: Louis Barton
Meanwhile, the head of the Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators (JATOO), Louis Barton the introduction body cameras will help to crack down on wayward police and unscrupulous Transport Authority officials who extort money from the operators of public passenger vehicles.
Barton says the body cameras will help to reveal how corrupt cops seek to target motorists.
The pilot project for body-worn cameras by members of the JCF was launched yesterday.
The cameras will be issued to cops in the St Andrew Central, St Andrew South, Kingston East, Kingston Central, Traffic Headquarters and the Motorised Patrol divisions.
Jamaica is one of three countries in the western hemisphere to use body cameras.
The others are the United States of America and Canada.