Community is proud to announce that our longstanding campaign to secure Body-Worn Cameras for staff from the Prisoner Escort and Custody Services has been won – this is something we have been calling for as part of our Keep Us Safe campaign.
No one should live with the constant threat or fear that they might be assaulted while at work. Yet those who work in the justice, custodial and immigration sector are all too often faced with that reality.
Community members working in Prisoner Escort and Custody Services have consistently told us that body-worn cameras would help reduce the risk of assaults and would make a big difference to their safety and confidence at work. We believe that body-worn cameras are a vital element of personal protective equipment (PPE) and that staff should be entitled to them in the same way as colleagues within other areas of the sector.
As part of our ongoing work to keep our members within the justice and custodial sector safe, Community has worked in conjunction with Serco to promote a change in legislation that allows for body-worn cameras to be worn by Prisoner Escort and Custody Services staff. This change in legislation has successfully been achieved, with the Courts (Prescribed Recordings) Order 2023 coming into effect on 24 October.
We are also pleased to note that body-worn cameras will be financed by the employer and Serco are now engaging with HMPPS and the Ministry of Justice about how these will be rolled out.
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Community is the union for justice and custodial sector workers, representing thousands of members whose work is vital to our justice system and to public safety. Our members work for a range of organisations in the sector.
We represent workers at private prisons, secure immigration centres, young offender institutions, courts, in prisoner escorting and much more. We are a modern trade union, campaigning for a better working world.
You can read more about our work in the justice sector here.