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The changes that came into effect on Friday 11 February 2022 require police to use their BWCs when interacting with members of the public in most circumstances, in both public and in private settings.
Locations where police are now permitted to film include when a person is stopped by police while driving their car, or when an officer comes into a home in response to a domestic incident.
ACT Policing remains confident that these changes will benefit the ACT community and assist our officers in carrying out their duties in a way that supports the delivery of high-quality policing services to the ACT.
ACT Policing continually reviews procedures and equipment used by its frontline responders, to ensure officers are appropriately resourced and supported when performing their duties. As such, reviews of phase three of the BWC implementation are ongoing, and any further changes will be appropriately progressed to ACT Policing’s Executive for consideration before briefing the Director General ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate, as mandated in the Guidelines.
ACT Policing conducts regular audits. The subjects of these audits are randomly selected. All footage and associated records are reviewed as part of the process. These reviews are shared internally only, and reinforce or inform new methods of best practice procedures.
ACT Policing members are to refer to internal processes and guidelines when addressing the use of BWC’s or concerns with the physical device.
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ACT Policing has processes in place to ensure footage involving a member of the public is available if requested. The process will differ dependent on the circumstances of the recording and the intended purpose of the request, for example: for use in court proceedings or in review of a complaint against an ACT Policing officer.
Each request is considered on a case-by-case basis, with regard to the Freedom of Information Act 1982. Commonly, footage will be blurred to remove images of other members of the public or images of AFP members.
A request may be refused on the basis of personal privacy (for example if someone is seeking footage of someone other than themselves) or due to operational reasons (for example if it involves an ongoing investigation).
Freedom of Information applications are governed by the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the Act) and the guidelines issued by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).
The Act aims to give individuals access to their personal records kept by Government and enables them to submit requests to correct any information that is incomplete, inaccurate, out of date or misleading.