The Queensland Government has recently rolled out an additional 110 body worn cameras for government-run correctional centres to improve the safety of its frontline correctional workers.
Corrective Services Minister Mark Ryan said that expanding the use of body cameras will ensure that corrective services are taking advantage of the most up-to-date technology in responding to the demands of prison operations.
“We are delivering 10 cameras to each of our centres, with Brisbane Correctional Centre, South-East Queensland’s male prisoner reception facility, receiving 20 cameras,” said Minister Ryan.
“We are investing $ 100,000 in 2017-18 for the rollout as we continue to examine all options to improve the safety of our staff.”
Staff using the cameras will also be equipped with vests to ensure effective use of the devices.
The rollout will begin with Wolston Correctional Centre, with each correctional centre to progressively receive the devices.
“This expansion comes after a successful trial and careful consideration by the Queensland Corrective Services Safety and Security Committee,” said Corrective Services Commissioner Mark Railings.
“Body worn cameras will be issued in response to the operational demands of each correctional centre.”
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