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RVIPF ranks to be outfitted with ‘body cameras’

Ranks of the Royal Virgin Islands Force, will soon be using body-worn closed circuit cameras for front-line officers. Photo: Axon
Commissioner of Police, Mr Michael B. Matthews, hailed the implementation of the new technology as part of the overall modernisation of the Force’s evidence gathering capabilities. Photo: VINO/File
Commissioner of Police, Mr Michael B. Matthews, hailed the implementation of the new technology as part of the overall modernisation of the Force’s evidence gathering capabilities. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Ranks of the Royal Virgin Islands Force (RVIPF), will soon be using body-worn closed circuit cameras for front-line officers.

The venture is possible through a partnership with ‘Axon’ an international technology company to launch the pilot project.

Commissioner of Police (CoP), Mr Michael B. Matthews, hailed the implementation of the new technology as part of the overall modernisation of the Force’s evidence gathering capabilities.

Evidence  

RVIPF in a public missive today, March 25, 2019, quoted Mr Matthews saying, “…we as officers, need to be able to use CCTV cameras more as part of our standard tools of operation.”

Footage from the modern body-worn devices can be used as direct evidence in court in relation to incidents captured, According to CoP Matthews.

“It also protects not only officers from accusations of abuse or improper conduct, but importantly provides members of the public with evidential standard proof should there be any such abuse or conduct by officers of the law,” the Commissioner noted.

Training

The Commissioner also explained that officers, as professionals, need to be able to gather the most accurate reactions, behaviours and responses when attending incidents should these result in a prosecution.  

According to Mr Matthews, “It is vitally important that all the modern capabilities available through technology are accessible to my officers.”

Once training is complete, officers are expected to begin wearing and recording with the body cameras when attending incidents or engaging with members of public.

The pilot will last for three months after which, the results will be evaluated and a decision made as to equipping the force on a permanent basis.

4 Responses to “RVIPF ranks to be outfitted with ‘body cameras’”

  • pat (25/03/2019, 12:25) Like (3) Dislike (10) Reply
    lets hope they do not doctor the camera like they do in the USA
  • Rasta Live (25/03/2019, 12:42) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    hope is shows when Babylon going with the cash or beating up people
  • Wonderful! (25/03/2019, 20:14) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

    Place it on ALL of them, almost all of the policeforce is c****** Commissioner please keep the recording equipment in your ‘private’ office under lock and key. Bet most of them will leave the force now.

  • West side (26/03/2019, 07:17) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    We need a system to check the police cameras we just don’t trust them


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