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M’sian police to start using body cams for transparency

M’sian police to start using body cams for transparency

Anne Dorall

In a bid to increase transparency to combat reports of police brutality, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador has welcomed a proposal for police to use body cameras.

“This body camera will help a lot in the enforcement duties and avoid any misconduct while on duty.”

IGP Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador

Picture credit: Malay Mail

The body cameras can also provide evidence against allegations of misconduct and corruption.

The Auxiliary Force (AFSB), part of the Royal Malaysian Police Cooperative, has already been equipping officers with AI-powered facial recognition cameras.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, after chairing a meeting with the Special Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption at Perdana Putra, agrees that body cameras will help to uncover the truth.

Dr Mahathir also spoke about the need to maintain and increase the use of CCTVs at police lock-ups. These initiatives would prevent misconduct and address the deaths that happened while under custody.

In addition, IGP Abdul Hamid also hopes that more police equipment can be provided, such as Taser guns.

These items would help in the arrest of mentally unsound people or suspects that run away.

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