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Body cameras for soldiers
INNOVATIVE body cameras have been launched at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) military training estate on Salisbury Plain to help educate troops and to reduce nuisance and crime. The new cameras, which are already in use in the Home Counties, will be worn by training safety marshals (TSM), training area marshals (TAM) and range wardens, who patrol on Salisbury Plain, to help them gather evidence and to help reduce aggressive behaviour.
Incidents of unauthorised access by hare coursers and large off-road convoys on to Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA) have risen substantially over the past few years.
With the removal of MoD Police from the Plain, this initiative is vital to monitor and reduce illegal activities.
Body cameras are increasingly used by police and local authority staff, who report they feel safer when wearing them. The cameras can also be attached to vehicle windscreens, where they are used to record images without distracting the driver.
The body cameras will also be used by the military during training exercises. The cameras will be used to record the soldiers’ movements and actions as they train, and the footage will then be used during the post-exercise debriefing process, where valuable lessons can be learned.
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