Chorley On Camera
Body Camera Trial
Chorley Council in Lancashire have recently concluded a successful trail of PR5 body cameras. The initiative is targeted at irresponsible dog owners and also aims to combat littering and fly-tipping. The authority made the move in response to continual complaints from residents. They hope the cameras will encourage more pro-social behaviour in Chorley parks and streets and where necessary help secure speedy convictions for repeat offenders. Body camera footage will also contribute to swifter resolution in instances where fines might be contested.
Deterrent & Evidence Gathering
The initiative is a key part of a £45,000 investment to tackle unacceptable attitudes towards dog-fouling, litter and dumping in the borough. It is anticipated that the deterrent effect along with actual evidence gathering will improve behaviour and encourage a minority of irresponsible residents to be more mindful of their responsibilities towards the shared environment. The council in conjunction with the police issued 22 fixed penalty notices for dog-fouling during 2014 and secured two prosecutions. However since January this year there have already been 183 recorded incidents and 8 penalties issued. Local media have widely reported the Pr5 camera trial in a bid to raise awareness about the campaign and kick-start a shift in attitudes.