From today Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) enforcement officers will be using body worn video cameras when they are on duty.
This move is designed to reduce unacceptable behaviour experienced by staff as they go about their work and if necessary, used to aid prosecutions.
DVA’s Chief Executive, Paul Duffy said: “Our enforcement officers play an important role in protecting the public from the use of unroadworthy vehicles and unlicensed drivers on our roads.
“DVA has a responsibility for the health and welfare of its staff and their safety is our priority. At times our staff are subjected to unacceptable behaviour and the deployment of body worn video cameras will help deter such behaviour and ensure that disputes can be addressed quickly and fairly.”
Studies have shown that Body Worn Video cameras have a significant impact in reducing instances of abuse and aggression and that people are less likely to contest evidence in a case when they know their alleged offending has been captured on camera. The cameras can be activated in situations where the use of the device may help moderate behaviour, avert confrontation or secure evidence of offending. Staff have received training on how to use the cameras and the supporting technology.