Body cameras help deter attacks and abuse at Welsh hospitals
Pinnacle Body-worn cameras have been deployed to security, car park and enforcement agents in a bid to deter anti-social behaviour against staff.
As the need for accountability and transparency increases, body-worn cameras continue to provide peace of mind and protection for security and enforcement officers. Body cameras have been proven to act as a deterrent, even verbally articulating that recording has commenced often prompts modified behaviour and encourages compliance in confrontational situations.
Body-worn cameras have been considered “more effective than traditional CCTV” and have led to “successful convictions” for Welsh NHS staff. Footage from body-worn video devices is admissible throughout the judicial chain and reduces the need for staff to provide lengthy descriptive reports and paperwork. Body cameras capture verifiable audio/video reports and an overview of the scene with timestamp, verbal exchanges and sequence of events, including valuable first account witness statements.
As well as providing enhanced accountability, body-worn cameras deter false accusations against members of NHS staff as they provide a precise documentation of events, causing fewer complaints to be made or inaccurate complaints to be withdrawn.
Last week, new legislation has moved forward in a bid to become law in the UK, imposing harsher sentences for those who attack emergency workers and NHS staff. In the meantime, body-worn cameras have been proven to support hospital staff providing a camera-to-court solution and a means to help de-escalate heightened situations.
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