The recent deployment by Malta Police Force of body-worn cameras to all frontline officers across Malta is part of the country’s transformation strategy to modernise the police force while increasing trust and transparency with the community.
The five-year service contract with Motorola Solutions for the comprehensive video solution includes evidence management software to process captured video footage securely and the new Holster Aware feature, which allows the camera to start recording automatically once a weapon is drawn.
“Every day, these body-worn cameras will capture evidence, deliver transparency and increase the efficiency of our workflows. In high-stress situations, often faced by our officers, this technology will capture critical footage of what’s happening on the scene without impacting our officers’ focus, or attention,” according to Malta Police Commissioner Angelo Gafà.
Integrated with VB400 cameras, the new Bluetooth-activated Holster Aware sensor detects if an officer removes their weapon from its holster and automatically activates the officer’s body-worn camera to start recording.
When this occurs, the body-worn cameras of those officers in close proximity will also activate, providing a holistic view of the situation from multiple perspectives. As part of the agency’s workflow, the video footage will be directly uploaded, securely stored and organised using Motorola Solutions’ VideoManager evidence management software.
“Malta Police joins police agencies around the world in adopting our integrated body-worn video and cloud-based evidence management solution to increase transparency and allow police officers to focus on keeping communities safe,” noted Michael Kaae, Motorola’s Regional Vice President of Europe.
Motorola Solutions’ VB400 body-worn cameras are widely adopted by frontline emergency teams including national police forces in France, Belgium Police, Romanian Police, Romanian Border Police and multiple police forces across the UK.