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ACT Policing uses AXON to store digital records captured using approved BWCs. is a cloud-based evidence management system that at its core is designed to collect, manage and share information, generated by the BWCs, during policing activities.


All officers issued with a BWC must wear their BWC in accordance with the Guidelines, ACT Policing’s internal governance and BWC procedures.

BWCs must be switched ‘on’ and ready to record whenever an ACT Policing appointee is wearing a Conducted Electrical Weapon and/or firearm outside of the secure perimeter of a police station.

The Chief Police Officer for the ACT has agreed to the undertaking of publicly reporting on the use of BWCs in the ACT Policing Annual Report, with the first year for inclusion being 2021-22.

The Ombudsman can, and does, seek explanation and statistics around specific use-of-force incidents and is empowered to make recommendations for the ongoing transparency of use-of-force recording and reporting processes.

From 1 June 2021 to 20 June 2022, no complaints regarding the use of, or failure to use, a BWC have been submitted to Professional Standards (PRS). Furthermore, no complaints have been submitted involving the non-compliance or governance breaches against mandatory BWC use, based on the amendments to the Crimes (Surveillance Devices) Act 2010 (ACT), in February 2022.


Canberra’s condensed geographical nature means that ACT Policing officers are able to move across the territory quickly with police regularly undertaking duties in different patrol zones if the resources are required. Due to the ACT being such a small jurisdiction, to then group specific teams and patrol zones in order to analyse ‘failures to comply’ data and where these have occurred, would be an unreasonable use of ACT Policing resources.

(5), (6), (7)

ACT Policing does not collect or determine demographic information of any member of the public who has or has not been captured on a BWC.

ACT Policing will incorporate any learning outcomes, including those provided by PRS, to ensure use of the BWC remains appropriate. This information may then be used in future reviews.


The Better Practice Guide is intended for internal AFP use. Disclosing any content must comply with Commonwealth law and the AFP National Guideline on information management.

As a result of legislative changes that came into effect with the Crimes (Surveillance Devices) Act, Body Worn Camera Guidelines 2022, ACT Policing is currently in the process of re-drafting its AFP Better Practice Guide – Body Worn Cameras (ACT Policing), in order to meet the requirements of the Guidelines.

Once finalised and approved, an application for a copy may be made under Freedom of

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