Labor follows Libs lead on body-worn cameras for SAPOL officers

The Weatherill Labor Government has once again followed the State Liberals' policy lead, this time by introducing body-worn cameras for SAPOL officers.

The State Liberals first announced this policy in October last year and committed to introducing body-worn cameras for SAPOL officers by the next election if the Weatherill Labor Government had not done so beforehand.

"We need to embrace the best modern technology has to offer in making South Australia a safer, better policed state," said Shadow Police Minister John Gardner.

"Body worn cameras are a useful policing tool - they collect evidence at the scene of a crime, protect the wearer from false claims of impropriety and increase the likelihood of a conviction.

"The State Liberals have been arguing for the introduction of these cameras for some time now.

"Interstate governments have already trialled and are introducing these devices, so bringing South Australia in line with other states was long overdue.

"Policing is a unique and challenging job and we should be providing our police officers with the support and resources they need."