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Adelaide Youth Training Centre to trial body worn cameras

2020-02-25

In a state first, body-worn cameras will be trialled at the Adelaide Youth Training Centre, with the aim of improving safety for staff and residents.

Body-worn cameras attach to the uniforms of staff and are activated to capture both video and audio recording during an incident. A six-month trial is expected to begin in March 2020, on the back of recommendations for the introduction of body worn cameras in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Relevant unions, key stakeholders and staff have been notified. Planning for the trial will begin immediately and AYTC staff will be consulted in the coming weeks to help determine trial guidelines, including when the cameras are used in the centre.

Trials interstate show body worn cameras have played a role in managing incidents, including acting as a potential deterrent. The South Australian trial will test the potential benefits of body-worn cameras in youth justice system, including if they have a positive impact on:

  • Reducing the severity of incidents
  • Reducing the level of force required to de-escalate a situation
  • Increasing transparency and accountability in incident reporting
  • Improving the quality and accuracy of incident reports.

In addition to the body-worn camera trial, the AYTC plans to widen its security measures by introducing a full body scanner by July 2020. Full body scanners can detect a broader range of contraband than the current devices in use and once in place will also help improve the dignity of the young people by reducing the need for partially un-clothed searches.

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