Body-worn cameras issued to all front-line police in Bromley
PUBLISHED: 16:50 28 November 2016 | UPDATED: 17:15 28 November 2016
The technology has been shown to speed up the process of justice
Body-worn cameras are being issued to all front-line police officers serving in Bromley in a move that could lead to swifter justice for victims of crime.
The large-scale deployment, which starts today (Monday, November 28), follows a successful trial, wide-ranging public consultation and academic evaluation, and will be the biggest roll-out of the technology in the world.
Officials hope the cameras will reassure Londoners in their dealings with police and support officers in challenging situations such as stop and search.
Cameras have proven particularly successful in domestic abuse cases, where there has been an increase in earlier guilty pleas from offenders who know their actions have been recorded.
The cameras, which will be attached to the officer’s uniform, will not be permanently recording, and members of the public will be informed when recording commences.
Metropolitan police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: “Body worn video will support our officers in the many challenging situations they have to deal with, at the same time as building the public’s confidence.
“What we do every day will be seen by the public - that has to be good!
“Our experience of using cameras already shows that people are more likely to plead guilty when they know we have captured the incident on a camera. That then speeds up justice, puts offenders behind bars more quickly and most importantly protects potential victims.
“Video captures events in a way that can’t be represented on paper in the same detail, a picture paints a thousand words, and it has been shown the mere presence of this type of video can often defuse potentially violent situations without the need for force to be used.”