CaRT licence officers to wear body cameras

Published: Friday, 17 September 2021

THE Canal & River Trust Licence officers are to wear body cameras.

This is being brought in as a protection to its employees on the towpaths it stating:

"The cameras will initially be used daily by our boat licence customer support team in our London & South East region in response to increased concerns about the potential for confrontation, abuse or harm whilst conducting their work."

CamdenOfficerAt Camden Lock

In acknowledging Black Lives Matter, the trust has shown a black Boat Licence Support Officer at Camden Lock wearing the camera.

The development will now see cameras issued as standard for day-to-day duties, including interacting with towpath visitors, assisting boaters, and when issuing notices or other written communications.

Of the use of the cameras the trust explained:

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"Many of our colleagues frequently work alone on the towpath so, alongside other procedures, the body worn cameras will be a tool to support them while they go about their daily jobs. The use of body worn cameras will provide legally admissible evidence if we need to act against those who abuse or threaten colleagues or customers.

"Whilst instances of poor behaviour are rare, like other areas of society it is on the increase and the Trust will not tolerate assaults on employees, volunteers or contractors and other customers. Offenders will be dealt with robustly and the Trust will seek to bring criminal proceedings against those responsible where necessary."

The use of body worn cameras will get underway later in September with a potential roll-out elsewhere on the network in due course.