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COUNCIL STAFF ISSUED BODY CAMERAS

Lismore Council staff have been issued with ‘body-worn’ surveillance cameras, following a successful six month trial.

The devices, which can record up to 21 hours of high definition video, will document potentially volatile situations.

Staff say they’ve found residents are less likely to act aggressively, when they know they’re being recorded.

“People understand that they’re going to be recorded, and that those actions are going to be kept and possibly used in future evidence or court cases that we may have.”

Footage captured by the cameras has already been used as evidence.

Several neighbouring councils are considering similar measures.

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About Sam Burbury

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Sam Burbury completed his Bachelor of Journalism at Bond University on the Gold Coast, before joining NBN's Lismore newsroom as a reporter in November 2015.

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