Wardens' camera plan backed
NEATH Port Talbot councillors have welcomed moves to introduce body cameras for traffic wardens.
Neath Port Talbot Council is introducing the measure to act as a deterrent to the problems faced by its civil enforcement officers.
Head of engineering and transport, David Griffiths, said the result of bringing in the cameras was due to there being confrontations between civil enforcement officers and the public over fixed penalty notices. He told councillors on the environment and highways scrutiny committee that the cameras would cost £6,170.
The cost will met by the parking account.
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"Subject to success it is proposed to extend the use of body worn video system to the waste enforcement team," he said.
Seven Sisters councillor Steve Hunt said he fully supported the recommendation.
"We do need to protect our staff," he said.
"I think we should be looking at everywhere."
But Mr Hunt said the council needed to be careful about who they are filming, in particular children.
"We have got to be careful," he said.
"It could open up a can of worms."
In his response Mr Griffiths said if any footage was used they would pixelate other people out. Committee members approved the purchase of the cameras.