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Cumbria trials tactical dog cameras

The force has said the specialist device will help with its firearms operations.

The dog camera uses technology similar to that within the drone sector such as advanced cameras, long range video links, timestamped data and image transmission systems.

Officers will be able to view the footage in real time via an Android app, enabling them to assess situations more effectively and gather evidence. The app is authorised for use within police IT systems and is compatible with evidence.com – the system Cumbria uses.

It has been developed by UK manufacturer heliguy alongside Cumbria Constabulary.

Together with the helmet, the device weighs 1kg and uses a ‘fisheye’ lens – providing a wide-angle view with a battery life of four hours.

Cumbria will use the camera for firearms operations but it could also be used for a range of other ops including search and rescue.

Force dog handler PC Glenn Myerscough said: "The camera is exactly what we have been looking for to move our firearms support capabilities forward," he said.

"The camera allows us to work alongside our firearms officers and offers them a real-time commentary of what the dog sees ahead of the team, which is obviously a big plus. This allows our firearms officers to plan and confidently and safely move forward knowing what they are going to face."

Inspector Kim Brown from Cumbria Constabulary Police dog unit said: “We are pleased to have been able to work in collaboration with Heliguy to create a camera that will help improve our policing response.

“The camera will help support colleagues during operations allowing us to give them a real-time view of what the police dog is seeing and to gather evidence. This allows officers to plan before entering a live incident to ensure the safety of the public, officers and police dog.”

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