Civil Enforcement Officers in Peterborough are wearing ‘body cams’ to give them extra protection on the streets.
The wearable CCTV cameras are for the officers’ safety as they enforce parking restrictions in the city. They are not for enforcing Penalty Charge Notices.
The Civil Enforcement Officers can turn on the camera at the flick of a switch in case a member of the public uses intimidating or threatening behaviour. It then records what is going on in front of the officer in high-quality video and audio.
The video can be passed on to police for investigation and possible prosecution.
The cameras will be clearly visible and labelled as CCTV and the aim is to act as a deterrent.
Darren Bell, of the city council’s parking services, said: “Peterborough residents are generally very courteous towards our Civil Enforcement Officers however there’s always a small group of people who are not.
“We have had incidents of personal and physical abuse and that will not be tolerated.
“These cameras are being introduced for the personal safety of officers and not for enforcement.
“They will only be switched on if a member of the public becomes aggressive towards the officer.”
The small CCTV cameras are securely clipped to the officer’s chest. If the officer is concerned for their safety they can flick a switch and activate the camera and it automatically starts recording.
The video and audio is recorded on the device and can be downloaded back at the office. It is stored securely and can be passed on to police if necessary.
Four incidents have been reported to police in the past month involving Civil Enforcement Officers. The officers reported being verbally abused, pushed and having eggs thrown at them.