Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Triple deck recorders for Isle of Man police

Manx police time is expected to be saved with the introduction of a new order allowing officers to make three simultaneous recordings of suspects.

Currently police are only allowed to use twin recording machines and have to copy a third tape to ensure the court, defence and prosecution have one each.

The Home Affairs Department is to ask Tynwald to approve the use of triple deck tape recorders.

It is estimated the new machines would save £6,000 a year in officer time.

Home Affairs Minister Adrian Earnshaw MHK said: "Approving this order will enable the police to record interviews in triplicate, which my department estimates will save an annual total of £6,000 in officer time that could be better used on other duties."

If approved by Tynwald at its July sitting, the triple deck recordings will be made from 1 August.

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