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Traffic Wardens In Cardiff To Be Fitted With Body Cameras

traffic wardenBecause of regular assaults on parking enforcement officers in Cardiff as they try to give out parking tickets, it has been decided to issue them with body cameras.

One officer has had a car driven at him, one has had her arm broken and other has been threatened with a broken bottle, which simply is not acceptable.

The council’s environmental scrutiny committee has said that it is impossible to take action against everyone because there have been so many incidents.

Unacceptable level of incidents and violence

The chairman of the scrutiny committee, Bob Derbyshire, said that “members were extremely concerned at the amount of incidents and the levels of violence aimed towards civil parking enforcement officers (CPEO’s) since the duties were transferred from South Wales police three years ago.

He went on to say “After looking at the evidence, particularly practices and established procedures within carried out by other authorities, the committee recommends that the council provides all CPEO’s with a suitable badge camera as quickly as possible.”

He said that besides improving levels of safety, camera badges would also provide legal evidence if an officer was threatened or assaulted.

Council should work with the South Wales Police

The committee also suggested that the council should work with South Wales Police to make sure that the capital’s 45 CPEO’s are offered immediate support should they become involved in a difficult situation with members of the public.

Traffic wardens in Swansea and Anglesey have already been issued with body cameras.

The Committee also revealed that Neath Port Talbot and Swansea enforcement teams were contemplating a car camera system to increase patrol coverage, similar to that which Bristol already has in place. However, it stopped short of recommending such action at this time.

The issue of badge cameras is being discussed today as part of a report into enforcement and nuisance parking in the City.

 

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