Gardaí in Dublin to test body-worn cameras for trial period

The technology will be trialled in the capital first and later Limerick and Waterford.

A garda officer holds a body-worn camera that is attached to his jacket
An example of a body-worn camera

Gardaí aim to trial a body-worn camera system in Dublin during the second quarter of this year.

The trial is seen as a step closer to the proposed full implementation of body-worn cameras for all gardaí across the country.

It follows the signing into law of the Garda Siochána (Recording Devices) Act 2023 in December.

An Garda Siochána said the new technology would take the form of small, lightweight cameras visible on the clothing of members.

It said the technology will be in compliance with GDPR legislation and captured data will be stored in accordance with relevant directives.

Footage will be saved on the device’s own encrypted internal storage system before being uploaded at a garda station at the end of the member’s shift.

It is envisaged that the footage could be used to support investigations and prosecutions.

Gardaí said footage will be deleted after an agreed time period if it is not being used as evidence.

An Garda Siochána believes that the cameras will improve safety for members, enhance accountability and result in fewer complaints of misconduct and challenges to arrests.

Additionally, gardaí say it will save time and lower costs in investigations and court appearances.

According to a tender document, gardaí will also trial the technology in Limerick and Waterford at a later date.

It is estimated that the value of the entire “proof of concept” trial for the technology and associated services will be €2.1 million.

Gardaí expect to initiate a separate procurement process for the supply of body-worn cameras for all members based on the findings of the trial.