NT public housing guards to wear cameras

All security guards who patrol public housing estates in the Northern Territory will wear body-worn cameras to help deter assaults and other anti-social behaviour.

While police were issued with the cameras two years ago this week, they were only first trialled with Public Housing Safety Officers early this year.

The officers’ interactions with public housing tenants, neighbours and visitors over anti-social behaviour will now be recorded and used in investigations.

The officers must tell members of the public they are being filmed.

Evidence shows the cameras reduce the likelihood of escalated confrontations, Housing and Development Minister Gerry McCarthy said.

“This technology provides an extra layer of security for our Public Housing Safety Officers who are sometimes at the frontline of difficult and confronting situations,” he said.

Source: News