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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Crown Prosecution Service – BWV May Improve Sex Offence Conviction Rates

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In Hampshire the conviction rate for rape sits 38.5%, while in Cumbria that figure is at 80.6% – something which is worrying to the Crown Prosecution Service Wessex. Citing issues related to the statistics, the CPS said an increase in historical allegations are proving difficult to convince a jury – signifying at least in part […]


Scotland National Body Camera Roll-Out “Some Way Off”

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Scotland currently faces challenges in terms of acquiring funding for body cameras as the Chief Constable admits equipping officers with cameras is “some way off” Sir Stephen House supports national rollout, though acknowledged issues around funding and public acceptance still need to be resolved.


5 Unique Benefits of Body Cameras

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Since body cameras began gaining momentum in law enforcement, the main arguments for and against them (respectively) have been that they hold everyone accountable and raise privacy concerns — for both the public and the officers who use them. But there are many less publicized benefits of body cameras that far outweigh the issues privacy […]


Defining the 6 Pillars of US Policing

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Across the U.S.A. police forces have been swamped with distrust, protests and many questions as to what the future holds in store. Key to the reputation of the police are the 6 pillars of policing in the modern world as outlined by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, which sought to recommend steps […]


Effectively Handling Police Complaints

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The Effectively Handling Police Complaints Conference comes at a crucial time following the Home Office consultation and the subsequent policy recommendations seeking to modernise the police complaints system.   With a focus on transparency, accountability and integrity, this event showcases successful strategies for increasing local resolution rates, improving public involvement in the complaints process and […]


Law in Memory of Walter Scott Won’t Bear His Name

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A bill that seeks to equip South Carolina cops with body cameras was signed into law in the home town of the North Charleston man who was shot in the back and killed by a policeman as he fled. Walter Scott became a household name and a rallying cry for proponents of police body cameras […]


The Boston Police Camera Action Team

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Across the USA many police forces have implemented body cameras. However in some areas, such as Boston, they still seem out of sight for the local community. As a result, The Boston Police Camera Action Team has made it their mission to lobby government representatives in an attempt to have body cameras on the streets […]


Body Cameras Must be Deployed with Caution in Healthcare Facilities (US)

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The current national trend in the United States regarding the call for increased deployment of body cameras  by law enforcement personnel is being lauded by many for its anticipated effect on transparency regarding uses of force and providing a true account of what occurs during adversarial encounters between citizens and police. However, this process creates […]


Should Police Be Trained On Citizen Rights to Film?

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After a police officer’s behaviour was determined as out of control and inappropriate after a video captured of him by a member of the public went viral in early June 2015 hundreds of people marched through the city of McKinney, Tex., to protest. Brandon Brooks, who filmed the incident and has clocked up 6.4 million views […]


Police Body Camera International Symposium

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Roughly 220 people gathered at The Orleans on June 9th -11th for the first-ever Law Enforcement Camera-Based Systems Symposium. The three-day conference drew people from law enforcement agencies from as far away as Toronto, and they all had one thing on their minds: police body cameras. The technology has become a hot topic in the wake […]