25 Jun 2013

Hamilton parking wardens to wear cameras

4:28 pm on 25 June 2013

The Hamilton City Council is to trial the use of wearable cameras for its parking wardens to protect them from verbal abuse and aggressive behaviour on the streets.

The cellphone-sized cameras will be switched on each time an officer encounters a motorist.

Parking manager John Purcell says experience in the United Kingdom show that cameras reduce verbal abuse by about 60%.

Mr Purcell says abuse can vary from verbal abuse to physical assault and last week a motorist drove on the footpath at a parking warden.

If the trial is successful other frontline staff such as animal control could use the cameras, he says.