Prison guard body cameras aimed at state’s worst terrorists
THE state's most dangerous terrorists will be under intense new scrutiny in prison with corrections officers to use cutting-edge body cameras when managing maximum security inmates.
The cameras are the latest weapon in the government's arsenal against terrorists and will be rolled out in multiple maximum-security prisons across the state.
Corrections officers will film terrorists when they are moved around the jail, such as for legal or medical appointments, which is considered a time of heightened security risk.
The inmates will also be filmed when they are moved to a new cell which regularly occurs with terrorists as these inmates are banned from sharing a cell with another prisoner for a lengthy period of time.
Documents obtained by The Daily Telegraph reveal the cameras will be used in jails, including the Extreme High Security Escort Unit, for nine months during the trial that kicks off in September.
More than 40 cameras will be used by staff at seven maximum-security centres, including Metropolitan Remand and Reception Centre, Long Bay Correctional Complex and Silverwater Women's, Wellington, Macquarie, Cessnock and Goulburn correctional centres.
If the cameras reduce violent episodes and stem vexatious complaints by inmates against prison officers they will likely be expanded to more correctional facilities and be used in other situations including when prisoners are moved to and from court.
Officers can activate the cameras during critical incidents or film any interaction with an inmate.
Minister for Counter Terrorism and Minister for Corrections David Elliott said the body cameras would help jails "manage" the most dangerous inmates.
"It is vital we support our frontline prison staff with the latest technology as they manage inmates across the correctional system," Mr Elliott said.
"One of the most challenging roles prison officers encounter is the movement of high risk inmates such as terrorism-related offenders. The Extreme High Security Unit perform these duties and will have access to these body worn cameras as well as the Security Operations Group."
Currently corrections officers have to rely on filming by hand-held cameras if a critical incident unfolds.