Dubai police to test body worn cameras

Dubai, U.A.E

Dubai Police are set to begin a six month testing process of 80 mini digital video cameras worn by police officers who interact with the public. According to Gulf News, Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Dubai Police Chief has confirmed that officers in the force who engage with the public may soon be wearing small video cameras affixed to their uniforms to record interactions.

It is hoped that these cameras will help measure the officer’s commitment to providing high-quality security services for members of the society — whether residents or visitors. The cameras will also help ensure transparency and impartiality in the interaction between both parties and also motivate the officers to provide the best services.

Maj Gen Al Mazeina said the new cameras are up to international standards, easy to use, and can record up to eight hours of video and audio. They are also lightweight and mobile.

He added that the officer will have no control over the footage or the camera, so he cannot alter or erase the footage. The footage will be stored at an independent storage unit at the Dubai Police headquarters when the officer’s shift is over.

Colonel Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, General Director of Smart Services at Dubai Police, explained that they are currently working on acquiring the cameras, which according to Indigovision will be the company's Frontline range of body worn cameras.

“The cameras will protect the rights of both sides, because sometimes we receive complaints of mistreatment and there is no proof to support any of the sides. The camera’s footage will be the proof,” Col Al Razooqi said.  He also added that they have taken the privacy aspect into consideration as they take people's privacy seriously.  "People will be notified that they are being recorded."  The officers will also be wearing a tag that informs the public that they are being recorded.

It is expected that the cameras should be implemented by the end of the year.

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