PEOPLE are being asked for their views on the use of body worn CCTV by Carmarthenshire County Council’s enforcement officers.
Officers undertaking certain duties, such as environmental, planning, animal health, trading standards, licensing and civil enforcement, often wear cameras as part of their uniform.
Footage is captured to act as a deterrent to verbal or physical abuse, to record incidents of aggression, or capture evidence to support investigations.
Members of the public are being asked for their say as part of a consultation on the issue, and can leave their comments online until October 11.
The council’s enforcement teams tackle a range of problems including abandoned vehicles, dog fouling, fly posting and graffiti, fly tipping, litter, and other waste related offences, as well as parking enforcement, consumer offences and planning contraventions.
Members of staff wearing body worn cameras have received training, including on-street operational guidance – when to start or stop recording – and the legal implications of using such equipment.
The cameras are clearly marked, and before recording officers give a clear verbal instruction.
Feedback from the consultation will help the council consider measures to mitigate any effect on individuals and their privacy, whilst balancing the benefits of using cameras.
For further information, and to take part in the consultation, visit the consultation pages at www.carmarthenshire.wales.