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Police to pilot headcams

PUBLISHED: 18:07 30 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:45 16 August 2010

POLICE officers will try out headcams for six months to record disorder in and around town centre bars. Bromley Police have agreed to use head and body cameras on 150 officers from September as part of a trial for the Metropolitan Police Service. They w

POLICE officers will try out headcams for six months to record disorder in and around town centre bars.

Bromley Police have agreed to use head and body cameras on 150 officers from September as part of a trial for the Metropolitan Police Service.

They will use the cameras, that will be fitted to specially adapted kit, to film incidents around bars and clubs that could be used as evidence to secure convictions.

Holding up to 12 hours of footage, the marker-pen sized cameras adjust to light levels and have a recorder that cannot be edited.

Chief Inspector Marshall Kent, Head of Operational Policing at Bromley Police, said: "We are very pleased to be involved in piloting them as we are always looking at innovative ways of reducing crime.

"I am particularly excited by the prospect of improving outcomes for domestic violence and night-time

alcohol related assault, given the high level of harm that is caused by this type of crime.

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