Traffic Officers in Chhattisgarh, India, Pioneer Reveal Body Cameras
The industrial twin cities of Durg and Bhailai have rolled out the body cameras to traffic officers, after a successful trial phase, making Chhattisgarh the eighth Indian state to choose Reveal body worn video.
The Chhattisgarh traffic officers are the first force in the area to implement body worn video, following in the footsteps of traffic officers further south of India, in Bengaluru.
The officers are stationed at key points throughout the cities of Durg and Bhailai, where the officers wear the RS2-X2 body cameras as part of their uniform, around their necks. They are to be activated during interactions wherein officers issue penalty notices, or to capture criminal activity and offensive behaviour.
The body cameras are another step in the Chhattisgarh traffic officers’ plan to become and innovative and efficient force. The Durg Inspector General and Super Intendent of Police have given the body cameras a seal of approval; they aim to improve transparency between the public and traffic officers, reducing tensions between the two and capturing reliable evidence of events.
The Chhattisgarh traffic officers were also the first force locally to pioneer swipe machines for issuing penalty charges.
The captured footage will be securely stored on the accompanying Reveal Digital Evidence Management Software (DEMS), a restricted access and encrypted software platform.
The footage from the body cameras acts as an impartial third-party witness to events, and provides reliable evidence which can be used in criminal proceedings. Body worn video has proven to increase early guilty pleas by up to 90%, saving officer, police and the court’s time and working towards improving relations between enforcement officers and the public.
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