COMPLIANCE officers say people's behavior changed significantly when they started wearing body cameras in the Central Goldfields Shire.
The Maryborough-based council has introduced a policy governing the new cameras' use on Tuesday evening, following an equipment trial earlier this year.
"When used properly, BWC [body worn cameras] can promote public reassurance, modify behaviour, prevent harm and deter people from committing offences and anti-social behaviour," the policy states.
"The use of recordings can also support professional development through training and review. The recordings will also assist with investigations involving allegations made against Council officers."
Any officers using the equipment will need to follow legal requirements and, if safe to do so, tell members of the public they had turned the devices on.
Officers will also need to make sure they do not record conversations or activities when there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.
They would only be able to film on private property with the permission of occupants.
"If the occupant refuses to allow the officer to record, then the officer must not enter the premises and advise the resident accordingly," the policy states.
Officers could return with another officer, manager or police officer as a witness, it continues.
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