Body Worn Video Steering Group

16 new organisations attend latest Body Worn Video Steering Group meeting

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The BWVSG met together yesterday with a record number of new attendees at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham to share information, ideas and best practice. The event had a record number of people reserve seats and saw 16 new organisations attend for the first time. The new attendees ranged from university hospitals to large retail supermarkets.

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To view the documents from the meeting, please go to our documents page

The event saw Tom Ellis of Portsmouth University speak about the impact of personal issue body worn video cameras on the Isle of Wight. The session was based on the interim results of the year long study following Operation Hyperion, where every officer on the Isle of Wight is equipped with a body camera.

The interim results suggest a very positive outlook on the personal issue of body cameras to frontline officers. Amongst the benefits, Tom pointed out that complaints against officers reduced dramatically, one of many reasons why the uptake from officers has been very positive. The final results will be published around October 2014.

Patricia Rich also spoke at the event and gave an update on the project at Staffordshire Police. Patricia talked about her lessons learned in the transition from project implementation to business as usual for BWV. Among the points she made, she stressed that the project manager must hand over the project once it has got up and running.

Additionally, Patricia noted that officers had said that the body cameras were the best bit of kit they had ever used.

Inspector Steve Goodier spoke twice at the event, giving a brief overview of the new National Guidance of BWV and then talking about scaling up a project. In Hampshire, Steve stressed that the digital infrastructure needed to catch up with the equipment being used. Before rolling out a camera to every frontline officer and scaling up the project, the digital capabilities of the organisation needed to be upgraded.

Matthew Wroughton of West Midlands Fire Service was the first speaker from the BWVSG to represent a fire service utilising BWV. Matthew explained how frontline officers were using body cameras as part of their training to review the decisions they made in action. Reviewing the footage gave officers an objective window into evaluating their decision making processes.

Finally, Dr. Barak Ariel of Cambridge University spoke about the importance of measuring the effect BWV is having in each specific environment. Dr. Ariel stressed that although BWV has been shown to be effective, it may be important to evaluate how the technology can be effective in each place.

In order to view the agenda, presentations and minutes from this meeting, click here

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