Minutes from the last BWVSG meeting
Steve Goodier, Hampshire Police
- Andy Marsh (Policing Lead) it was identified there was a need to have a policing lead due to the rising profile of Body Worn Videos.
- Task and finish group – it was agreed that the main objective of this group was to deliver a set of BWV standards in the form of a College of Policing Approved Professional Practice (APP) document. Anticipated to be available April 2014
- Clear standards-operate BWV
- legal issues surrounding BWV. It was stressed there are a number of important legal requirements for the legitimate use of BWV. Having a robust back-office system in place will assist in legal compliance.
- Article 8-Privacy act
- MOPI rules.
- Consideration is needed for keeping material where there is no legal justification. Question was raised if a 31 day disposal policy was proportionate in certain circumstances.
- Freedom of information requests. Public can request their data. Police hold it, public can view it.
National governance surrounding BWV
- BWV 18 months ago.
- Digital First-Police 7 evidential stands. BWV one strand
- Explore BWV Cameras, CAST-document with minimum spec for videoing.
- Market scan-Key features from back end and camera, a document that should be shared soon.
- National User Group-Home Office led, exploring changes in legislation
- Innovation Fund 2013/14 successful BWV bids
- Innovation fund 2014/15 future possibilities for BWV bids
- National framework for purchasing BWV
- Consultation- Surveillance camera code-engage with communities
- Deployment methods
- Led by PCC-public consultation
- Influence retention policies
- They have to justify retention and deletion policy, 31 days
- C12 stop and search forms
- Evidential and non-evidential material. There is a need to distinguish and possibly broaden the meaning and scope of retention levels
- Hampshire have 500 cameras
- IOW everyone has a camera
- 10 months they used 28 terabytes – deleted 18 terabytes – 8 terabytes cannot reuse.
Evidential Erosion-Paul Kinsella
- BWV is universally seen as enhancing trust in the community
- Outlined the potential that the expectation that all officers wear it actually undermines trust and confidence
- Highlighted that we police by consent in UK and that trust is fundamental to having the support of the police
- Detailed a couple of incidents in Telford where publicity about an individual officer’s use of BWV was very positive, but which lead to the unexpected consequence of an acquittal in a later case when he chose NOT to use BWV
- Highlighted the need for working practices and deployment to mitigate that risk – bidding for cameras for all officers in W Mercia and Warwickshire
Staffordshire Police-Patricia Rich-Project Management
Unexpected problems once launched
- Biggest real out in Europe for BWV
- 530 cameras
- Trained all their officers
- Desktop engineer for body worn
- End of roll out April 2014
- They don’t allow their officers to burn any videos onto discs other than for court purposes. They are only allowed to view it
- They are allowed a still image of footage but not the video itself.
- The defence can see it then and there.
- User Vanishes
- Booking in and out-locations of station
- If there are 1000 users on the system you won’t be able to log on
- Re-educate the trainers
- Software training-Important
- Video footage-bandwidth consumption (will vary for everyone on how much they need)
- Application to network-important
- All their users are super/power users for the program
Victim of own success:
- DEMS-lots of departments within Staffordshire want to be able to view the footage for different reasons, many of which weren’t originally considered. They can share specific data.
- (normal user-can only view own footage, super/power user-can view anyone’s footage, administrator. (all the above can have restricted limits)
Alistair Rule, Salisbury Plain-Safety and Sustainability
- MOD police-removed from structure, no warranted authority on Salisbury Plain. Theft/off roading/hunting
- MOD police-working with Wiltshire Police to help allow their evidence to be beneficial.
- Pre Afghanistan training completed on Salisbury.
- Military Discipline-Evidence (they can only gather the evidence and pass it on)
- Moral Support
- Mount the cams on vehicles
- (Trail cameras) covert cameras also used
- They would like a military style/coloured vest with a good harness/clip to attach camera after it’s been mounted in the vehicle.
- Night vision cameras also used-Only use them on incidents that are illegal-misdemeanours (Private MOD land)
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