Council workers could wear body cameras in Welshpool anti-social behaviour blitz

Reporter:

Jonny Drury

Council workers in Welshpool could soon be wearing body cameras to crack down on anti-social behaviour and littering.

Welshpool Town Council’s services committee has discussed the idea, and is now looking into giving some members of staff body cameras.

Fly tipping incidents and anti-social behaviour have been well publicised in the town in recent years, and this could help the council clamp down on these incidents.

County Cllr Phil Pritchard said: “I think body cameras would be an excellent way of protecting employees, but also protecting the streets.

“Workers have been asked when cleaning the street scene, if they see someone drop litter, they should say something to them.

“We know sometimes people can become a bit jumpy over this, so this is why there should be protection for the workers.

“It wouldn’t be for all workers, just the lads who clean the streets, but it would definitely help.”

Cllr Pritchard said a £2,000 cost had been discussed, and it will now go forward to the next town council meeting.

He believes things like this would not need to take place in the past, but in the current day and age they are necessary to keep staff safe.

He also believes security could not extended to the town council offices, where currently there is no CCTV system in place.

Cllr Pritchard added: “Unfortunately these are the measures that need to be taken in this day and age.

“It isn’t like it used to be when I was younger, but I am happy to support this to make it safer for the council workers.

“We also realised there are no CCTV cameras or system at the town council office.

“That is something we are looking into, because there have been people going in there in the past, ranting and raving and blaming the town council for certain things.

“And if these incidents do end up with the police, then you need the evidence to back it up, and this will help.”

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