Top cop welcomes use of body cameras for enforcement officers

Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador.

KUALA LUMPUR: Top cop Abdul Hamid Bador has welcomed the proposal for enforcement officers to be equipped with body cameras, saying this can ensure transparency and prevent the abuse of duty.

He thanked the government for agreeing to the move which he said should be implemented as soon as possible.

“Body cameras will help a lot in enforcement duties and prevent any misconduct while officers are on duty,” he said after an event here yesterday.

He also said footage from body cameras could be used as evidence in the event of misconduct allegations concerning the police force.

“We also hope more equipment can be provided. For example, equipment such as taser guns are also needed to arrest mentally unsound people or those running amok. They would make the job easier,” he added.

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday that the government had agreed to implement the use of body cameras for law enforcement officers such as the police, immigration and customs personnel to address issues of misconduct, including corruption.

He said the proposal was accepted in view of various allegations of misconduct by officers such as the assault of suspects during questioning.