Video Recording Introduced At St Mary’s Police Station
Sergeant Colin Taylor says the cells have been remodelled and an intercom added, to allow people in custody to attraction attention.
Smoke detectors, cameras and microphones have also been fitted.
Colin says with limited numbers of staff, especially during a long shift, the station can get busy. That means managing a person in custody can be complex.
The new technology will allow officers to monitor what happens in the cells, such as a prisoner smuggling in a lighter.
There are now microphones and video cameras throughout the police station so anyone who calls in with a query or who is taken into custody will be filmed and have their voice recorded as a security measure.
Colin says that’s now standard practice at any custody centre on the mainland and is designed to protect prisoners, visitors to the station and police officers.
But Colin says the footage is all on an internal system and he’s been assured it won’t be used externally.
The cells have also been painted in a calming colour – ‘Jungle Green.’