From today Police in the London Borough of Haringey will be using the latest high-tech camera technology in an effort to tackle anti-social behaviour.
Operation Aventail will see officers from the Safer Neighbourhood project patrol the Borough with miniature head-mounted cameras. The cameras, which cost around £1,800 per pack, are funded by Haringey Council’s Safer Communities Partnership and will allow police to gather video footage and still images for use in any subsequent criminal proceedings.
Detective Superintendent Richard Wood who is leading the operation said the cameras would act as an “excellent deterrent for any youngsters who are intent on causing trouble.”
He warned that should officers find anyone committing offences they would “instantly have the evidence to hand to help them apply for an ASBO or pursue criminal charges.”
“If the cameras prove successful they will be deployed to other units within Haringey and could be used to assist police raids and officers working at football matches.”
The five day operation will also see officers instigating “Airport-style search arches” at various locations within the Borough Haringey to find those carrying offensive weapons, intensive patrols of ‘Hot Spot’ areas and major transport hubs to prevent robberies and fare evasion.
Automated Number plate Recognition checks will also be used to deter motor vehicle crime.