No cameras for traffic wardens

A traffic warden security camera
A traffic warden security camera

TRAFFIC wardens in Wigan will not be fitted with body cameras for their safety like their colleagues in Lancashire.

Wigan Council says there are no plans in place for parking officers to be given such devices neither, with bosses insisting the current security measures are enough.

Our community enforcement officers are not fitted with cameras and we do not have any immediate plans to introduce them

Emma Barton

Nearby Lancashire County Council has made the move to protect their employees after 10 recorded incidents of abuse last year.

The small cameras, worn on a harness over the wardens’ jackets, will record constantly while they are on duty.

It is hoped that the cameras will deter abuse and attacks.

However, if necessary, the data from the cameras can be stored securely and will be available to view or downloaded and used for evidence in a court case.

However, Wigan Council say that it is not something which they plan to follow suit with.

Officers in Wigan are currently fitted with a radio tracker system for them to use if they encounter trouble.

Emma Barton, assistant director for economic development and skills, said: “Our community enforcement officers are not fitted with cameras and we do not have any immediate plans to introduce them.

“Our parking contractor does however have safety measures in place to protect the Community enforcement officers, which includes a radio tracker system which has an emergency button which is linked to the main control and their supervisors.”

Over in Preston, County councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport insisted it was something needed in the city to protect their officers while on duty.

He said: “Our parking enforcement officers do a very valuable job and these digital cameras will help to keep them safe by deterring the small minority of people who subject them to physical attack or verbal attack.

“Parking restrictions are vital to keep our roads safe and ensure people can find somewhere to park their car in busy areas.

“I’m very grateful that we have a dedicated team of enforcement officers, and I hope the body cameras help them feel safer doing what, unfortunately, is sometimes a difficult job.

“Other councils have already found these cameras to be very useful.

“The information collected by the cameras is not used to enforce parking but can be passed to the police to use in evidence if one of our officers is attacked.”