Last year, there was 10 incidents of abuse against traffic wardens in Lancashire. After the attacks Lancashire NSL traffic wardens have been given our body cameras for their own protection, not for recording car details.
The body cameras have been worn since the middle of February. The body cameras record constantly while the traffic wardens are on duty to help prevent any attacks.
The footage is securely stored for no longer than required. If the NSL require the footage for evidence, it can be easily downloaded and used if needed for a court case.
The Cabinet member for highways and transport, County Coun. John Fillis, stated:
“Our parking enforcement officer do a very valuable job and these digital cameras will help to keep them safe by deterring the small minority of people who subject them to physical attack or verbal attack."
“Parking restrictions are vital to keep our roads safe and ensure people can find somewhere to park their car in busy areas."
John also mentioned: “I’m very grateful that we have dedicated team of enforcement officers and I hope the body cameras help them feel safer doing what, unfortunately, is sometimes a difficult job."
Mr Fillis stated that “Other councils have already found these cameras to be very useful."
Fillis added: “The information collected by the cameras is not used to enforce parking but can be passed to the police to use in evidence if one of our officers is attacked.”
It has been stated that the police issued an appeal for witnesses after a traffic warden was racially abused by two men in a street in Clitheroe. The Asian traffic warden was going to work when the two men shouted racist remarks at him. PC Justin Brown mentioned “This was absolutely unacceptable behaviour which has left the victim feeling very upset”