The Sensible Sentencing Trust is calling on the government to introduce body cameras for all frontline police officers.
“With more and more officers being attacked and constant online cell-phone footage of alleged violent arrests with
little or no context - body cameras is a no-brainer," says Darroch Ball co-leader of Sensible Sentencing Trust.
“We now live in an environment that is hugely influenced by over-seas crusades against police and many people are now
attempting to have social media act as a judge, jury, and executioner.”
“The most recent footage to emerge from Christchurch shows an officer allegedly using unnecessary force during an arrest
– which has been responded to by Police stating, these types of clips ‘were shared without context and often did not
tell the full story.' "
“We cannot continue to allow officers to be judged in situations where there is little or no context given to the
decisions they are making.”
“This continued judgement of our police force only sets to erode their morale and confidence in dangerous and emergency
“The use of body cams will create a massive disincentive for individuals to lash out and attack police, as well as
provide much-needed evidence in the event of accusations of police misconduct," says Mr Ball.
“Our corrections officers have them and it’s time for their use to be expanded to our police force.”