Body Worn Video Steering Group
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.”
“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.
In 2014 a body worn video Privacy Impact Assessment was produced which explored: