Scotland Firearms Officer Body Cams
Axon Flex 2 point of view cameras to be distributed to police Scotland firearms officers ahead of Cop26.
19:46 14 July 2021
Technology firm Axon is set to provide Scotland firearms officers with body cams following the awarding of a £505,000 contract by the Scottish Police Authority.
The officers will be equipped with the Axon Flex 2 point of view camera ahead of Cop26, a major climate conference that will take place in Glasgow in October and November.
Assistant Chief Constable Kenny MacDonald said: “Armed policing remains an area of high risk and understandable public scrutiny, and as such the rollout of body worn video will help improve transparency and accountability.
“The safety of our officers and staff as well as that of the public remains paramount in our decision to introduce this technology.
“The use of BWV aims to lead to greater transparency, reduce and resolve complaints, as well as reducing delays to the justice system.
“While this is not new technology, and every other armed policing unit in the UK uses body-worn cameras, it is a significant introduction for Scottish policing.
“As such, our public engagement survey for wider use by frontline officers is essential to ensuring people have a voice and it will help us gather and address any ethical and community-related concerns where possible.”