Acting sergeant Mark Smeaton, constable Dani Cole and senior constable Dylan Holzer with body cameras. Photo; Andrew Perryman.

BENDIGO police are set to have enhanced capabilities with the rollout of new body worn cameras.

The new camera is a tool worn on a police officer’s uniform, used to record video and audio footage.

Their introduction is expected to deliver improved community safety and evidence gathering, as well as increased police safety and accountability.

“The initial pilot we conducted in April 2018 showed us that camera usage policies, infrastructure and training for police had worked well and police were comfortable using the technology within their first one or two shifts,” assistant commissioner Russell Barrett said.

“Given the pleasing results of their function along with the overwhelmingly positive feedback from the community, we are in the process of rolling the cameras out to more officers.”

He said officers will undertake regular training of their use and functions.

Cameras will be used by general duties and highway patrol police officers to the rank of sergeant and below. More than 11,000 cameras will be deployed by 2020.