Vic Police Tasers now come with cameras

Vic Police Tasers now come with cameras

Summary: Victorian police officers on the beat are set to get their hands on new Taser stun guns after a 12-month trial proved successful for the force. The guns are designed as the new alternative to lethal force and will have high-resolution cameras attached to monitor their use at all times.

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Victorian police officers on the beat are set to get their hands on new Taser stun guns after a 12-month trial proved successful for the force. The guns are designed as the new alternative to lethal force and will have high-resolution cameras attached to monitor their use at all times.

Secretary of the Victoria Police association, Greg Davies, told ABC Radio this morning that when a stun gun is used, the high-resolution camera will automatically activate, recording the incident once the trigger has been pressed.

Davies said that the camera system is designed to keep civil liberties groups happy.

"Once the trigger on these Tasers is going to be pulled there is a colour video camera inside the Taser that is instantly activated. So anyone who has concerns about police in Victoria not using Tasers the right way, they can rest assured that if that happens it will be captured on video and the entire thing will be there," he told AM this morning.

"The oversight mechanisms are greater with these things than with just about anything else," he added.

The guns were successfully trialled over 12 months in Bendigo and Morwell, and will be first issued to police in Geelong and Ballarat under the state-wide roll out.

ZDNet Australia's Nerdcam program is now looking to test the camera-equipped Taser stun guns on host Luke Hopewell. Stay tuned for more details.

Topics: Government, Government AU, Hardware, Legal

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  • "The guns...will have high-resolution cameras attached to monitor their use at all times."

    Will this be like the high-resolution cameras installed in our nation's prisons? The ones which mysteriously fail to record widespread violent gang-rapes and vicious beatings?

    I think I'd prefer the non-recorded bullet. It's a little more honest and not nearly as nauseatingly 'caring' as the depths of Society's filthy denial and shame.
    goscuter1
  • Good way they done to it
    jenila
  • Tazers have their place but I don't believe they should become standard issue equipment.

    Inevitably, in the heat of the moment a police officer will select the wrong weapon (eg. handgun instead of taser) and someone will be dead. Worse, with several tools at their disposal the chance of having one taken and used against them will be much higher.

    Rather than weighing down police with an arsenal of 'progressive force' equipment (baton, pepper spray, taser, handgun) why not give them a single tool with progressive force capabilities?

    A pump action shotgun can carry a progressive load of shot from non-lethal bean bag out to heavy shot. One tool, one big deterent, progressive force....and all cheaper than these tech-toys.
    Scott W-ef9ad