Brent Police body-camera move welcomed

23 November 2016

Brent police officers will from this week (21 November) start wearing body-worn cameras, in a move that has been welcomed by the council.

 

Around 500 Body Worn Video (BWV) devices will be in use across all front-line officers, which when activated will flash and beep.

Sergeant Martin Redshaw, wearing the new body camera, alongside Cllr Tom Miller, Brent Council Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities

Photo: Sergeant Martin Redshaw, wearing the new body camera, alongside Cllr Tom Miller, Brent Council Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities

 

Cllr Tom Miller, Brent Council's Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, said:

 

"Research has shown that the use of BWV can help to prevent crime in diffusing difficult situations while also providing stronger evidence which can lead to more successful prosecutions in our fight against crime.

 

"But crucially, the use of these cameras can also help to build and maintain trust among Brent communities in the police, knowing that the footage gathered can also be used to hold officers to account for their actions and ensure they act appropriately on duty.

 

"It is a very positive step forward and one I wholeheartedly support."

 

A report by academics at Cambridge University which was published in September found that Police equipped with body-worn cameras receive 93 per cent fewer complaints from the public, suggesting that the technology helps to cool down potentially volatile encounters.

 

The footage from the body camera is automatically uploaded to secure servers once the device has been docked and flagged for use as evidence at court or other proceedings.

 

All footage recorded on BWV is subject to freedom of information and data protection laws and video not retained as evidence or for a policing purpose is automatically deleted within 31 days.