British Transport Police officers in Wales get new body-worn video cameras
RAIL cops in Wales will be keeping an electronic eye on passengers thanks to new personal video cameras.
British Transport Police officers have been issued with 17 of the body-worn video (BWV) cameras for use on the network.
The hi-tech kit was handed over to officers in Cardiff this afternoon, and will be used by BTP neighbourhood policing teams across Wales including Swansea, which covers a large chunk of South Wales from Fishguard to Bridgend.
BTP Welsh inspector Mike Edwards said: "The cameras will be used daily to reduce crime on the railway, to act as a robust deterrent, to detect crime and to prosecute more people efficiently.
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"Additionally, due to the presence of the cameras, members of the public see the BWV and often comment on them.
"All the evidence has shown they result in officers spending less time in court and on paperwork, and more time out in the community. Also, they are able to use recorded video film as evidence and the cameras as a key teaching tool, as well as resources to aid community engagement."
The new BWVs were bought with funds from the Wales Community Safety Partnership Group.