Staff to wear body cameras to increase safety

Barnsley Council operatives will wear body cameras as part of measures to increase the safety of workers.

Aggression and violence towards staff is unacceptable and it is hoped that the use of the cameras, which will be worn by the parking enforcement, town centre and community safety teams, will reduce the number of incidents.

The cameras will be linked to a control room in the Glass Works, where the Safer Neighbourhood Service, Markets Service, Parking Services and other partners moved to as part of Joining Forces, which launched at the start of August.

Body-worn video will be utilised in accordance with the local authority CCTV Code of Practice.

Councillor Jenny Platts, Cabinet spokesperson for Communities, said: "Our staff should not come to work in fear of being threatened or abused and we hope the implementation of body cameras will help to give them a safer environment to be able to do their job.

"The Council has a zero-tolerance policy on violence or aggression towards our staff. Those who are subjected to aggression or violence will receive the necessary support and perpetrators should expect the police to be informed and then to be prosecuted.

"While these cameras are for the safety of our operatives, they will also be able to capture instances of aggressive and anti-social behaviour, hopefully making our town centre a safer place for people to work and visit."

To report instances of anti-social behaviour or crime, please call 101 or 999 in an emergency. You can also report incidents to our Safer Neighbourhood Service by emailing safer@barnsley.gov.uk.

Go to barnsley.gov.uk/joiningforces for more information.

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