Leicester City Council to roll out body-worn cameras to deter assaults

Leicester City Council is to invest in up to 200 body-worn cameras in a bid to help reduce attacks made on frontline staff, and bring to justice those who attack council workers.

The authority has said it is preparing to buy some 50 devices initially to be worn by its traffic wardens, parks staff and city wardens.

The council expects that it “may require up to 150 additional” cameras over time, with the technology being rolled out to other frontline staff.

Data collected will be stored at the council’s datacentre, with information accessed and processed at any of the council’s offices throughout the city.

The council said that it had identified the cameras “as a potential means of reducing assaults on frontline staff”.

Councillor Kirk Master said: “We know our staff sometimes find themselves in hostile environments – when they have given someone a parking ticket and are getting abuse or when they challenge someone they find fly-tipping.”

“What we will have is evidence of those encounters and we want the public to be aware that if they abuse our staff we can use that evidence to take appropriate action.”

He added: “It works both ways as well. If members of the public have a complaint or a grievance against a staff member the footage can be used to get to the bottom of what happened.”

Body-worn cameras are already commonplace among police forces, and last year the government spent £2m equipping all 5,600 prison officers in England and Wales with the technology.

They are also used by other branches of the civil service, including the enforcement officers of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.