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Bahamas: Body worn cameras rolled out for RBPF

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — While the 200 body worn cameras rolled out on the police force on Wednesday evening will automatically record footage even in standby mode, the cameras require intervention from the user in some instances to record audio.

The body worn cameras, Axon Body 2, automatically records footage from standby mode upon the officer attaching the equipment; however, an officer must operate the device by double tapping a button to record audio.

Upon doing so, 30 seconds of inaudible footage is included prior to the audio/video recording until the camera is double tapped once more to end the audio recording.

Police Commissioner Paul Rolle announced the rollout of the body worn cameras and 200 dash cameras in patrol vehicles during a press conference at police headquarters on Thursday.

He said the equipment will bring about a greater degree of accountability, improve the transparency of the police force and help to mitigate against some complaints against officers.

The 200 officers who compromise the mobile patrol, the flying squad and the rapid response units have all been equipped with body worn cameras.

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