Video protection for parking staff

28 February 2013

carsPort Talbot parking wardens could soon have video cameras stitched into their clothing to help when they are confronted by angry motorists.

Neath Port Talbot councillors are to consider the use of the body worn  cameras.

David Griffiths, the council’s head of engineering and transport, said the move comes in response to a number of incidents in the past year resulting from the issue of fixed penalty notices for parking illegally.

He said the authority had investigated claims of threatening behaviour by the public and of complaints against civil enforcement officers themselves. There have been cases of parking staff being injured by vehicles driving away from them.

In using the equipment, officers will be obliged to inform members of the public that they are being filmed when challenged. It is hoped that use of the cameras will act as a deterrent to verbal or physical confrontation.

Mr Griffiths said: “Audio and video footage captured by the cameras will help provide a record of any confrontation in support of officers or members of the public.

“If necessary the cameras will also provide evidence of criminal or other unacceptable behaviour.”

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