Big Brother ???

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  1. Royal Navy police in Plymouth have become the first military police force in the United Kingdom to use 'head-cams' to help cut down on anti-social behavior as they patrol service estates and living accommodation in the city.

    The Cylon Body Worn Surveillance Systems, or head-cams, made the headlines earlier this year when Devon and Cornwall Constabulary became one of the first police forces outside London to use them.

    The lightweight camera stores images on a hard drive for viewing later and can also be used at night. Other forces and agencies now use them across the UK and the Royal Navy’s police officers will wear them on routine patrols across Plymouth and within accommodation areas inside the Naval Base.
    The camera, which is attached to headgear, captures events as they unfold. They will be used to detect and deter criminal and disciplinary offences, particularly anti-social behavior and violence. It’s hoped the head cams will also reduce administration and improve efficiency during the investigation process.

    Crime Reduction Officer, Master at Arms Matt Jackson, is responsible for crime reduction initiatives for the Royal Navy police in the south-west:
    "It's an initiative we're running with Devon and Cornwall Police who recently went 'live' with their head-cams," he explained. "We saw what effect that was having and we felt that detecting crime before it happens can often prevent things from escalating before they start.
    "We've purchased two systems which are now used on routine patrols of HMS Drake, HM Naval Base Devonport, the Service family accommodation estates in the Plymouth area as well as Plymouth city centre.

    "The system is primarily used for capturing best evidence in incidents of anti-social behaviour, violence and other military/criminal offences. It provides the best evidence to a commanding officer or court martial for prosecution or defence purposes. So far we've had really positive feedback from the naval community."
    Master at Arms Matt Jackson

    "It's simply a lightweight camera which sits behind the ear of the officer, which in turn is fed into a small hard-drive which sits on the officer's utility belt alongside the handcuffs and extendable baton.

    "The camera records in digital format showing real-time events and the pictures are then downloaded to a laptop and, if required, can be burned to a CD."

    Master at Arms Jackson, 35, who has been a Royal Navy police officer for 13 years, believes there are real benefits to the Royal Navy:

    "The system is primarily used for capturing best evidence in incidents of anti-social behaviour, violence and other military/criminal offences. It provides the best evidence to a commanding officer or court martial for prosecution or defence purposes. So far we've had really positive feedback from the naval community."

    Lieutenant Commander Terry Byrne, the Naval Provost Marshal (Western), added:

    "This is the first use of such equipment by any military police organisation across the Armed Forces and takes proactive policing in a military context to another level." 8)
     
  2. And I thought the cameras were introduced because the Reggies were still having difficulty reading and writing.

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
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  4. It was only used in Guzz because of the Reggies Pointy heads.
     

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