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Dubai Police starts trial for wearable cameras

Six-month pilot scheme designed to evaluate devices’ contribution to ‘transparency’

Dubai Police starts trial for wearable cameras
Each device is lightweight, mounted on the front of officers’ uniforms, and can record up to eight hours of footage.

Dubai Police has begun trials with wearable cameras for patrol officers, it emerged yesterday.

According to a statement from the police press office, 80 cameras have been assigned for a six-month test period.

General Khamis Matar Al Muzaina, commander-in-chief, Dubai Police, said the cameras would be used to record interactions between officers and the public for reasons of "transparency" and to "gauge compliance" of the police service in providing "a top-notch security service to expats and visitors".

Dubai Police hopes the cameras will also be able to help with officer training and evaluation, as well as providing crucial support in dealing with public complaints and disputes.

Each device is lightweight, mounted on the front of officers' uniforms, and can record up to eight hours of footage. The units transmit data to an independent mobile server, which forwards it to HQ. According to Dubai Police, data "cannot be manipulated" and is "tamper proof".

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