North East ambulance workers to carry cameras

About 40 ambulance staff in the North East are the first to trial body cameras in a bid to protect them against attacks.

The North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) said it had seen the number of reported physical assaults on their staff increase by 23% compared to last year.

Head of risk Alan Gallagher said: “The health, safety and welfare of our staff are of upmost importance. We want to take every precaution possible to ensure that our employees are safe whilst at work.”

He added: “From previous reports, we know that most of these circumstances happen away from CCTV covered areas so using body worn video cameras will mean that our staff can record evidence of abuse or assaults when they happen, such as when they are in a residential property attending to a patient.”

This scheme which launched this week comes after a new law that was recently introduced, the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill, in which individuals who assault or attack emergency workers will face longer jail terms if found guilty.

Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/localnews/2651513-Darlington/0

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