Since August 2013, Stratford-on-Avon District Council's Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) wear clearly identifiable CCTV cameras on their uniforms. These cameras were introduced to enhance the working environment of the CEO and to protect their health and safety.
In the form of an ID badge, the camera is worn by the CEO as part of their uniform. It can be activated by CEOs as appropriate, for example to record:
Body worn CCTV Cameras have the potential to significantly reduce the number of incidents of verbal and physical abuse against CEOs. When an incident does occur the cameras will also improve the quality of evidence provided by the CEOs.
When a CEO issues a Penalty Charge Notice, they will continue to gather evidence in the usual manner. For example by taking photographic evidence using their hand-held computers and recording information in their pocket notebook. They can use the Body Worn CCTV cameras to provide additional evidence.
For further information on how Stratford-on-Avon District Council uses/stores the recorded images and sound, please read the Body Worn Video Impact Assessment.