Operation Snap Goes Wales-wide – CamTrak – Dash Cams

All four police forces in Wales will start using dash cam footage recorded by the public to investigate driving offences following a successful pilot scheme carried out by North Wales Police.

‘Operation Snap’ was started towards the end of 2016 in north Wales, encouraging drivers to upload and dash cam footage that could be used as evidence to the police website.

So far, North Wales Police has dealt with 129 cases as a result of dash cam footage submitted by the public.

Operation Snap will link up with the Go Safe partnership to operate across the whole of Wales.

Inspector Dave Cust, of North Wales Police Roads Policing Unit, said Operation Snap had saved around 12 hours of police work per case, therefore in total saving around two months of police time, as investigating an allegation of bad driving can potentially take up a lot of resources.

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He also added that footage can be used to prove innocence as well as guilt. “There was a woman who went through a green light and hit a car. Two members of the public said she went through a red light and she was going too fast. The camera proved differently,” he said.

“It’s proper, reliable evidence.”

Footage has to be unedited and includes the whole journey, not just the incident. You are also told to not post it on social media or to remove it if it has already been posted.

Operation Stack could soon become a worldwide operation as police forces in other parts of the UK, Australia and Hong Kong have been in touch about the scheme.

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