Police to wear body mounted video cameras

Bucks Free Press: Police to wear body mounted video cameras Police to wear body mounted video cameras

POLICE in Bucks are to start using video cameras which are mounted on their uniform in their bid to combat crime.

Thames Valley Police will issue 300 new Body Worn Video cameras (BWV) across the Force, following a testing period in Slough.

Police say the decision was made to use new BWVs in light of the importance of being able to capture and present the best available evidence for any incident.

The new cameras, supplied by Reveal Media, should also free up officers time as new software will allow images and footage to be downloaded quickly compared to the old system which downloaded footage and burned to DVD.

The force says capturing the best possible evidence on film makes the chances of bringing criminals to justice more likely, and can show the build up to an incident and paint a better picture of the conduct of offenders.

Chief Inspector Gavin Wong, who led the BWV project board said: "Up-to-date cameras will allow further opportunities to capture early evidence and lead to sharing evidence with key decision makers within the criminal justice chain at the very earliest opportunity.

"We have conducted comprehensive focus group phases where the members discussed positives and negatives of the current cameras, requirements for the new cameras, evidential benefits and any potential video downloading issues that could arise when the cameras are brought into the policing work place."

The BWV can be worn when policing at night time, when attending domestic violence incidents and in dealing with anti-social behaviour and even complaints against officers.

Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service said: "I welcome the news that Thames Valley Police has invested in body worn cameras to gather evidence of criminal activity at scenes of violence and disorder.

"The benefits of the cameras are vast. They will discourage unruly behaviour during arrests, thereby protecting officers and the public, rule out issues of offender identification, and will provide indisputable evidence, which will assist the CPS when making charging decisions and prosecuting cases at court.

"Hopefully, the clarity of the evidence recorded will encourage offenders to plead guilty to offences at an earlier stage, reducing the need for lengthy court cases and ensuring speedier justice for victims and witnesses."

The cameras will primarily be used by response and neighbourhood policing officers, but the decision will be made by Local Policing Area Commanders to distribute the cameras to where they will be used most efficiently.

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2:07pm Tue 9 Jul 13

Lividov says...

Well I hope the police will be ready to be video monitored themselves.
Well I hope the police will be ready to be video monitored themselves. Lividov
  • Score: 4

2:15pm Tue 9 Jul 13

rem708 says...

Of course will have to display,in big letters, the "CCTV in use" notice to warn you are on video :-)
Of course will have to display,in big letters, the "CCTV in use" notice to warn you are on video :-) rem708
  • Score: 1

5:38pm Tue 9 Jul 13

Slacker says...

Great idea should have been done a long time ago.

Can we see the outtakes on youtube please?
Great idea should have been done a long time ago. Can we see the outtakes on youtube please? Slacker
  • Score: -1

8:20pm Tue 9 Jul 13

bluebanana says...

'To combat crime'. Really? This would imply the police are present at every crime in order to video them. I'm not disputing that video evidence will make convictions easier but without an increase in resources to actually get the police to scenes of crimes as they are happening, the only crime this will benefit is anti social behavour.

I would be interested to see the increase in conviction rates/decrease in crime in 12 months time as a result of these cameras and assess whether this initiative is cost effective or just a means to cover officer's backs against complaints.
'To combat crime'. Really? This would imply the police are present at every crime in order to video them. I'm not disputing that video evidence will make convictions easier but without an increase in resources to actually get the police to scenes of crimes as they are happening, the only crime this will benefit is anti social behavour. I would be interested to see the increase in conviction rates/decrease in crime in 12 months time as a result of these cameras and assess whether this initiative is cost effective or just a means to cover officer's backs against complaints. bluebanana
  • Score: 1

12:47am Wed 10 Jul 13

Stand up for England says...

Perfect evidence to display the demeanor of a person being arrested especially when drunk and incapable and assaulting police whilst protecting public and property. In the sterile environment of a court, when the offender has sobered up and smartened up, the magistrates will get a real, first hand view of why this angel is before them which will lead to better convictions, punishment, sentencing and fines that reflect a change in behaviour. It will work both ways of course.
Perfect evidence to display the demeanor of a person being arrested especially when drunk and incapable and assaulting police whilst protecting public and property. In the sterile environment of a court, when the offender has sobered up and smartened up, the magistrates will get a real, first hand view of why this angel is before them which will lead to better convictions, punishment, sentencing and fines that reflect a change in behaviour. It will work both ways of course. Stand up for England
  • Score: 2

10:54am Wed 10 Jul 13

big don g the 1st says...

This will ensure police behave properly too.
This will ensure police behave properly too. big don g the 1st
  • Score: 5

3:12pm Wed 10 Jul 13

DocD says...

big don g the 1st wrote:
This will ensure police behave properly too.
Not sure about that - just remember who's wearing the camera! This can be turned off and on and covered as well. Is this really going to stop police abuses of power or is this just increasing surveillance of people? We have more CCTV then most western countries and also mobile vans that do this.

But most importantly of all where is the High Wycombe copper's best mate Tigeran when you need him/her??!!
[quote][p][bold]big don g the 1st[/bold] wrote: This will ensure police behave properly too.[/p][/quote]Not sure about that - just remember who's wearing the camera! This can be turned off and on and covered as well. Is this really going to stop police abuses of power or is this just increasing surveillance of people? We have more CCTV then most western countries and also mobile vans that do this. But most importantly of all where is the High Wycombe copper's best mate Tigeran when you need him/her??!! DocD
  • Score: 0

3:19pm Wed 10 Jul 13

tigeran says...

DocD wrote:
big don g the 1st wrote:
This will ensure police behave properly too.
Not sure about that - just remember who's wearing the camera! This can be turned off and on and covered as well. Is this really going to stop police abuses of power or is this just increasing surveillance of people? We have more CCTV then most western countries and also mobile vans that do this.

But most importantly of all where is the High Wycombe copper's best mate Tigeran when you need him/her??!!
Right here mate! At least this will stop the ridiculous claims of police brutality! I bet they will fall to almost nothing (you will always get the ones who try it on) and this will enable a jury to actually see someone self harm or kill themselves and realise the police actually were not to blame (as usual).
P.S I am not the 'High Wycombe Coppers best mate' merely a law abiding citizen who, as such, has nothing to fear from our friends the police, it really is that simple.
[quote][p][bold]DocD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]big don g the 1st[/bold] wrote: This will ensure police behave properly too.[/p][/quote]Not sure about that - just remember who's wearing the camera! This can be turned off and on and covered as well. Is this really going to stop police abuses of power or is this just increasing surveillance of people? We have more CCTV then most western countries and also mobile vans that do this. But most importantly of all where is the High Wycombe copper's best mate Tigeran when you need him/her??!![/p][/quote]Right here mate! At least this will stop the ridiculous claims of police brutality! I bet they will fall to almost nothing (you will always get the ones who try it on) and this will enable a jury to actually see someone self harm or kill themselves and realise the police actually were not to blame (as usual). P.S I am not the 'High Wycombe Coppers best mate' merely a law abiding citizen who, as such, has nothing to fear from our friends the police, it really is that simple. tigeran
  • Score: -2

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