KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 — Local authorities in Selangor that have enforcement teams equipped with body cameras have fewer altercations with the public, said the state’s local government committee chairman Ng Sze Han.
“The most significant change is that there has been less argument between officers and members of the public,” said Ng in a StarMetro report today.
Ng added that with the cameras, the location of the officers and the places they have been to is made known.
He said this prevents any abuse of power and misconduct.
“And of course, the footage can be used as evidence in court,” he said, adding that officers were more accountable now.
According to the news report, Ng said the Selangor state government now hoped other councils would follow suit with the use of body cameras based on the success of the pilot project adopted by several local authorities two years ago.
“Ideally, we would like to see all Selangor local councils use body cameras.
“The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) has ordered more, which is good; as they have some 500 enforcement officers,’’ he said.
Ng said that to date, there were 350 body cameras being used by nine local councils in Selangor.
He said local authorities that have been upgraded to city status with high population density are using the cameras.
“There are some that have not adopted the programme, like Sabak Bernam district council,” he said in the report.
Ng added that it is the responsibility of the respective councils to get the cameras because it is important.
Each body camera costs under RM1,000.
StarMetro reported on January 9 that more than 100 Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) enforcement officers would be wearing body cameras when on duty, to prevent bribery and threats.
The footage recorded can also be key in resolving disputes, which may occur during enforcement action.