(Australian Associated Press)
Prison officers dealing with inmates – particularly those charged with terror offences – at NSW maximum-security jails will wear body cameras as part of a new trial aimed at keeping them safer.
More than 40 of the cameras will be trialled over a nine-month period at seven prisons starting in September, Minister for Counter-Terrorism and Minister for Corrections David Elliott announced on Wednesday.
The cameras will be activated by officers during incidents involving inmates or visitors coming into the facilities.
The state government expects the footage will reduce the number of vexatious allegations made against officers by inmates and improve transparency.
Mr Elliott said the technology is the latest and will be particularly useful for those tasked with the challenging job of moving high-risk prisoners.
“The Extreme High-Security Unit perform these duties and will have access to these body-worn cameras as well as the Security Operations Group,” he said in a statement.
At the moment, Corrective Services NSW officers use hand-held cameras to record unexpected serious incidents.
The trial may lead to the cameras being rolled out in other areas of corrections, including the court escort security unit.