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Presentation: West Midlands Police Body Worn Video Trial

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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 arising from their use.”

West Midlands Police Body Worn Video Trial

“This is the right way to research whether the cameras will help the police offer a better service to the public, and whether they support more effective policing and crime reduction. Before rushing in, it’s important that we understand whether there are evidential consequences for the criminal justice system, as well as any civil liberty and privacy implications.”

“We also have to understand and plan for the resource implications as we would need to be able to store, secure and access very large amounts of video data were all officers and PCSOs on the street using these cameras, particularly as our force is much larger than others that have introduced the cameras.”

“We are planning further testing of a range of devices using evidence based research criteria, supported by the Society of Evidence Based Policing and Cambridge University.”

Fast forward to 2015, Inspector Darren Henstock, West Midlands Police, and Cambridge University have outlined the results as you can see in the presentation below.

West Midlands Police Body-Worn Video Trial from Reveal Media Ltd.

In 2014 a body worn video Privacy Impact Assessment was produced which explored:

  • the rationale for West Midlands Police introducing and using this
  • the legality behind its use.
  • the likely operational circumstances when uniformed officers may
    use it.
  • the key privacy issues and risks and provides an explanation as
    to how the organisation mitigates them.
  • how West Midlands Police will continue to monitor the use of the
    equipment and revisit the Privacy Issues and Risks through ongoing
    consultation with its community, together with responding to any
    national and legislative changes.
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