(CMR) The Jamaica Customs Agency said over 100 customs officers will soon have to wear body cameras when dealing with the public.
According to the Jamaica Gleaner, the agency says the first-of-its-kind initiative is expected to provide a more accurate record of encounters with customers, foster improved relations, increase transparency, and improve the quality of evidence collected for decision-making.
“Jamaica Customs, as a law enforcement agency, fully embraces greater accountability and transparency in our operations, interactions, and engagements with our importing and exporting publics, as well as air passengers,” CEO/Commissioner Velma Ricketts Walker said.
“To this end, we see the use of the body-worn cameras as a useful tool to further enhance our ability to gather information, review…as well as provide evidence for investigation where necessary,” she added.
The body cameras are also expected to help to build trust with the agency's stakeholders.
The CEO also revealed that the appropriate legislation to support the use of body cameras is being put in place.
According to the Gleaner report, Ricketts Walker explained that to maintain the integrity of the process, an “organized and structured policy has been developed to govern the use of the body-worn cameras, with the appropriate legislative support and appreciation for data collection.”