Bodycams are being drafted in to boost Glasgow’s blitz on litter and dog fouling.

Video camera badges are being issued to all Community Enforcement Officers (CEOs) who issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to litter louts and irresponsible dog owners as part of the Clean Glasgow campaign.

The citywide rollout follows a successful three month trial of bodycams in the city centre. 

The move aims to protect CEOs employed by Glasgow Community & Safety Services from verbal abuse, intimidation, and false complaints of misconduct by aggrieved offenders. 

The issuing of FPNs will be recorded and the footage used as evidence in the event of a complaint from the public or physical or verbal abuse of officers. It will also be used to train new employees on how to issue FPNs correctly, handle potentially volatile situations and deal with aggressive people. 

In the long term, it is hoped the initiative will help safeguard officers and reduce the number of malicious complaints – saving time and money spent investigating them. 

Ten cameras were successfully trialled in the city centre and a further 25 cameras have now been ordered at a total cost of around £12,500. They will be used by CEOs across the city. 

The cameras can also be used to record other types of antisocial behaviour or crime witnessed by officers while out on patrol. The footage will be passed to Strathclyde Police. 

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “More than 10,500 fixed penalty notices were issued by CEOs in Glasgow last year to people who dropped litter or refused to clean up after their pets. 

“Sometimes people are unhappy about being caught and can become abusive or make false allegations about unprofessional conduct. These cameras will safeguard staff from this type of behaviour and also offer the public reassurance that the service is being delivered in a professional manner.”