The use of body cameras on law enforcement officers can prevent abuse of duties and ensure transparency, Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said.
In welcoming the proposal made by the prime minister, Hamid (photo, above) thanked the government for agreeing to the move and hoped it could be realised as soon as possible.
“This body camera will help a lot in the enforcement duties and avoid any misconduct while on duty,” Hamid told reporters when met at the launch of the ‘Tabung Pahlawan 2019’ (Warriors Fund) campaign in Kuala Lumpur yesterday evening.
In addition, he said the use of body cameras could prove to be evidence against allegations of misconduct thrown at the police force.
“We also hope more equipment can be provided. For example, equipment such as Taser guns are also needed to arrest mentally unsound people or those running amok as it would make the job easier,” he said.
Earlier yesterday, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the government has agreed to implement the use of body cameras on law enforcement officers such as police, immigration, and customs to address issues of misconduct, including corruption.
Mahathir said the proposal on the use of the body cameras was accepted in view of the various allegations of misconduct by such officers, like beating up suspects during questioning.