A number of TransLink Senior Network Officers will be equipped with body worn cameras while patrolling the public transport network under a new, four-week trial.
Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the cameras would improve safety for members of the public and Translink employees, particularly bus drivers.
“We want to make sure our staff and customers are as safe as possible,” Mr Bailey said.
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“These cameras have been successfully deployed by a range of frontline workers across the state including the Queensland Police Service.
“The ability to review footage will be used to improve safety on TransLink services as well as assist with the availability of video evidence.”
It’s understood TransLink officers will be able to activate video recording when they are exercising a power, such as requiring a customer to provide personal information or directing a person to leave a passenger transport vehicle or infrastructure.
They can also turn on video recording when they suspect an offense may be occurring.
Mr Bailey said specialised training will be provided for staff wearing cameras and accessing footage to ensure strict privacy standards and legislative requirements are adhered to.
“Safety for staff and passengers alike is an absolute priority, and we look forward to continuing to work with industry for a safer public transport network.”