Northampton parking attendants could get body cameras in bid to curb abuse from public

Parking enforcement officers could be kitted out with body-worn cameras to help deter abuse.
Parking enforcement officers could be kitted out with body-worn cameras to help deter abuse.

Parking officers in Northampton could be kitted out with body-worn video cameras in a bid to deter abusive behaviour.

It is hoped the cameras will help fight verbal and physical abuse faced by parking attendants and record any offenders, while also providing evidence for complaints against officers.

t comes as the council estimates one in 13 officers are subjected to physical assault in a year.

A consultation to give officers recording devices while on duty closed this week on the Northamptonshire County Council website (November 22).

If approved, attendants could be equipped by April next year when the parking attendants contract for Northamptonshire is renewed.

A report prepared ahead of the consultation reads: "Body worn video cameras are a proportionate response to help protect civil enforcement officers by reducing the risk of verbal or physical assaults while carrying out their duties.

"They may also be used to investigate complaints against parking enforcement staff."

Three "code red" incidents involving physical abuse or the threat of assault towards officers were recorded between January and July 2017.

The report reads: "Parking enforcement prevents illegal parking and brings safety benefits for all road users through improve compliance with parking controls. This benefits traffic flow, accessibility, road safety, economic vitality and community safety."