Body Worn Video Steering Group
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 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.
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 […]
In 2013 West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones said he supported trials for the introduction of body worn video cameras for the police, so as to build evidence for their effectiveness. At the time Mr. Jones said, “…We are taking a staged approach, which helps us understand the operational, legal and technical issues […]
Recently the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) update the CCTV Code of Practice, stating “We have moved away from CCTV simply being a camera on top of a pole in our local town centre where the images were recorded on to video tapes, to much more sophisticated operations using digital and increasingly portable technology.”
It is estimated by the end of 2016 over 30,000 body cameras will be in use across the United Kingdom, and by next year 1 in 5 police officers will record each interaction with the public marking the next frontier of policing and creating a promise to cut crime on our streets by 10%.
Body worn video (BWV) is not the panacea for policing, a senior figure at the Independent Police Complaints Commission has warned. Speaking to delegates at the Police Federation conference, IPCC Commissioner Carl Gumsley cautiously welcomed officers wearing BWV to film incidents, but he stressed the camera was ‘not a panacea’. “It is a tool, not […]
Body-worn video cameras represent a recent technology development that is being driven by the Home Office and by operational requirements for widespread adoption within the police and other emergency services.
Recently, here at the BWVSG, it was noticed that with the uptake of body cameras a strange trend began to emerge. As the hours of footage clocked up there was an increase in videos of incidents involving mentally ill persons, an issue the technology has brought to light. In Dallas, Texas, Shirley Harrison had called […]
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