Brussels, Europe– The Brussels North police zones, such as Schaerbeek, Saint-Josse-ten-Noode and Evere, have been using bodycams to capture the interventions from the starting of May.
According to Chief of the North police zone Oliver Slosse, a test phase with the bodycams already happened in early 2021 in the North police zone, which indicated that the cameras could help de-escalate some interventions.
Moreover, “With bodycams, our police zone wants to enhance the professionalism of our interventions further and promote their transparency, especially in the event of complaints against the police.”
The cameras can support the officers in their daily work as well as ensure that “the course of an intervention, its context, the dynamics of the interaction, the behavior of the citizen and the actions taken by the police officers” are captured completely as well as visibly.
In addition, the camera can help the officers in their daily work as well as they can ensure that “the course of an intervention, its context, the dynamics of the interaction, the behaviour of the citizen and the actions taken by the police officers” are captured completely and visibly.
Along with this, the cameras will be distributed to units over the course of the month.
According to the officials, the bodycams must be worn visibly on the officers’ bulletproof vests, as well as being able to make the video and audio recordings and record localization data.
In addition, they can be worn by the police officers, patrols, patrol supervisors, dog handlers, members of the Transport Security Brigade, as well as the Centralized Traffic Service.
Furthermore, the questions related to the usage of these body cams by the police officials are answered on the zone’s website.