City of Wanneroo rangers trial body-worn cameras

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CITY of Wanneroo Rangers are trialling body-worn cameras to help ensure their safety and to deter aggressive behaviour towards them from members of the public.

The three-month trial is due to end later this month with results yet to determine whether rangers will permanently wear the devices while on patrol.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said rangers, who advise community members when they’re capturing audio and video, were trialling the last of three different types of cameras before an overall review would be completed.

“It will be dependent on the outcomes of the evaluation whether or not the City will look at purchasing cameras in the future,” she said.

Mrs Roberts said the body-worn cameras were expected to assist rangers with providing evidence for investigations and court proceedings as well as protecting their own safety and that of the community.

“This new technology will provide an additional level of safety for our rangers who are sometimes subjected to aggressive behaviour from members of the public,” she said.

The trial has been part of new initiatives developed by the City in response to community feedback for increased safety and security.

Federal funding helped Council increase its budget in October to more than $300,000 to create a closed circuit television (CCTV) hub at the Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex.

By June 30, there will be 12 CCTV cameras at the complex designed to capture high-definition footage of internal roads, entry and exit points and play areas to deter anti-social behaviour, vandalism and criminal activity.

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