Commencing in January, Council’s Local Laws officers will wear body cameras as part of a new initiative aimed at improving the safety of the officers and the wider community.
Councillor Jim Parke, Mayor of Boroondara, said that Council’s enforcement officers, especially parking officers, are experiencing a heightened amount of occupational violence in their roles.
“Unfortunately, it is a common occurrence for our officers to report verbal abuse and some have experienced traumatic physical attacks on the job,” Cr Parke said.
“As with any workplace, parking officers are entitled to protection against health and safety risks. Research has shown the proven effect of body cameras in modifying aggressive behaviours.
“What people often forget is that parking officers are doing a job. There is no place for violence and aggression in our community. The body cameras will provide an additional level of safety for our officers and the community.
“The safety and privacy of our community are equally important to us. The body camera is clearly visible to the general public, it will be used mainly in public places.
“We will ensure that any personal information (footage) captured is protected from misuse, loss, unauthorised access, modification or disclosure. All personal information will be destroyed or permanently de-identified when it is no longer needed for any purpose.”
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