The Police Minister’s kicked off the roll out of body-worn video cameras for Officers on the Gold Coast.
The news came on Wednesday morning, one day after a man who claimed he was bashed by Gold Coast Police, had assault charges against him dropped.
Ray Currier made headlines earlier this year when video footage emerged showing him being punched and knocked unconscious while being held by five officers outside a Surfers Paradise nightclub.
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Minister Jo-Ann Miller announced the roll out of 300 BWV’S at a cost of $6 million at Cavill Mall in Surfers Paradise.
Commenting on the Currier result she said “certainly the evidence will be captured by the Body Worn Video Cameras, the evidence will be stored and it will be very good in relation to the court procedures as well because the evidence will be able to be played across Queensland and on the Gold Coast”.
“So it’s a record of operational activity and it’s basically a single source of truth that can be replayed for the court and also it will be made available as well to the person who has been charged”.
Ms Miller went on to say “the Gold Coast District is one of the busiest in Queensland with more than 1.5 million interactions between the police and the public here every year”.
“BWV will greatly assist our Gold Coast police in dealing with serious incidents like Domestic and Family Violence by enhancing evidence-gathering and giving victims extra reassurance that police will follow up their complaints.”
Commissioner Ian Stewart said BWV would also provide greater reassurance to Queenslanders in their day-to-day dealings with officers.
“BWV greatly assists our officers in gathering evidence and dealing with complaints,” Commissioner Stewart said.
“Whether it’s the Road Policing Command or local general duties police, officers across Queensland will benefit from these cameras to capture evidence, create a record of operational activity and record their interactions with offenders and the general public.
“The use of evidence captured on BWV can lead to a reduction in the number of cases proceeding to court. For those that do, the clear and quality evidence captured by these cameras can help establish the identity of offenders.”