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Operation Hyperion set to conclude in the next few months

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Operation Hyperion is set to finish in the next few months. The year-long operation that equipped every front line police officer on the Isle of White with a body camera was undertaken to provide a more efficient and accountable service to the public. Body cameras had been in use in Hampshire since 2008, but operation Hyperion was the first initiative to introduce “personal issue” body cameras to all front line officers.

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Sergeant Steve Goodier led the operation and at the start said: “The limited use of body worn video (BWV) in recent years has shown it has the ability to increase the quality of evidence and our ability to protect the community with a more effective criminal justice system.

“The force wants to put this potential to the test on a larger scale by training frontline officers and PCSOs to carry these cameras in their daily duties.

“We will only record with these cameras for a specific policing purpose when evidence needs to be captured swiftly at that moment.

“Body Worn Video is a reliable hi-tech witness that makes us more efficient and accountable to the public in many of the most challenging circumstances faced by police.”

The project has been recorded and results will be published independently by researchers from University of Portsmouth’s Institute of Criminal Justice Studies.

Sgt Goodier said: “I’m grateful for the commitment and expertise of the university researchers, who are looking at a number of ways to measure the effect of police using body worn video across the whole island each day.

“The results of the survey and an analysis of all these factors will influence decisions taken both locally and nationally about the future of body worn video by police forces.

“Ultimately the police force is striving to make the most of technology to reduce bureaucracy, cut crime, catch more criminals, and provide an excellent service in protecting the people we serve from harm.”

The results from Operation Hyperion will be concluded in the coming months.

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