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Body-worn Video

Officers in all communities across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are now using body cams in a scheme funded by Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis.

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Staffordshire Police was the first force in the UK to have body-worn video cameras for all frontline officers

They were rolled out to officers across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent following a successful pilot by Newcastle-under-Lyme Local Policing Team.

They are providing vital visual evidence in key investigations and improving transparency when dealing with the public.

They also act as a deterrent when dealing with offenders and can be invaluable in instances where there are complaints against officers

The cameras record both audio and video at the push of a button.

Material is then automatically downloaded to a secure server where the material can be retained for use in prosecutions or for review of policing matters where appropriate.

Body Worn Video (BWV) is a useful means for recording evidence and for demonstrating transparency in respect of police actions at incidents.

Body Worn on Uniform BWV can be used to corroborate but cannot replace evidence from other sources such as police officers or eye witnesses.
BWV is an overt system and is not used for covert recording except in exceptional circumstances and where the necessary authorities have been granted.

Early studies are hugely promising. Cameras appear to act as a strong deterrent against crime in the communities they are used in.

A recent University of Portsmouth study at the impact of body-worn cameras on crime on the Isle of Wight found overall recorded crime fell by 8.8% after police officers were given cameras.

It is anticipated that 30,000 BWV cameras will be deployed across the UK by the end of 2016.