There are a lot of questions that we need answers to in fellow blogger and human rights activist Susan Goffe’s latest post. I must admit that this issue has crept up on me. This is actually a “pilot project” and a testing period for the cameras. There is a connection with the Zones of Special Operations recently established, although some police started wearing the cameras back in February (so then, what are the results so far?) It is all rather blurry and a lot more clarification is needed. An update on how the “pilot program” is going, at the very least. As for the protocols, I would think these certainly need to be shared with INDECOM.
I remain concerned that to date the public has no idea what protocols govern the use of body-worn cameras by police or soldiers in Jamaica, although these cameras are now being used by the police here. Body-worn cameras are widely regarded as a tool that may enhance accountability and transparency in policing, bringing an additional source of information about interactions between the police and the public. Inadequate protocols governing their use can, however, completely undermine any benefit to be derived from the wearing of such cameras. How can the Jamaican public know if the protocols governing use of body-worn cameras here are adequate, if we don’t know what those protocols are?
Zones of Special Operations (ZOSO) Act & Body-Worn Cameras
The recently passed Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations)(Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act, 2017 makes provision for the wearing of body-worn cameras by members of the Joint Forces…
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