Enter the Robocop

PUBLISHED: 12:18 12 October 2006 | UPDATED: 11:03 06 May 2010

Showing off the new camera

Showing off the new camera

A NEW lightweight head camera is being used by police to record incidents they attend. The Robocam, a headset which contains a compact digital camera which sits next to the wearer s ear, transmits images via a cable to a small VCR held in the officer s ta

A NEW lightweight head camera is being used by police to record incidents they attend.

The Robocam, a headset which contains a compact digital camera which sits next to the wearer's ear, transmits images via a cable to a small VCR held in the officer's tactical vest.

The headset is also equipped with a microphone and works just as effectively during evenings and daylight hours.

North Hertfordshire District Council provided two cameras to Hitchin police.

One will be used predominantly by officers in the problem solving team, such as Pc Indy Ramdhawa, and the second was given to The Corn Exchange in the town's Market Place and will be used by door supervisors to record incidents which happen at their venue.

A third camera was provided to the Letchworth GC, Baldock and Royston team.

Acting Insp Steve Mann, of the Hitchin community team, said the cameras are "superb".

He added: "They are extremely lightweight, no heavier than a good sized wallet, and they enable us to gather intelligence on video live while an incident is taking place.

"I was wearing one when I arrested a gentleman on suspicion of possessing a knife on the Purwell Estate and they are great. I'm aware that the Corn Exchange has also detained someone for possessing drugs.

"They can do nothing other than assist officers later on about how events actually occurred. It also provides incontrovertible evidence to magistrates so they can see the events which have taken place.

"We can also benefit from them in other areas. For example, if we have social problems such as on Windmill Hill or Hitchin market, where a lot of the people have moved to since the weather turned bad, I can show evidence to market traders, the market manager etc to show them the evidence we have.

"To have more cameras would be a superb opportunity as it would allow all officers, such as traffic officers, to gather information.


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