July 29th, 2012

Another bit of kit

Posted in The Job - General by 200

Grampian Police are to be the first force in the UK to offer body-worn camera technology to all front line officers. This follows a successful 18-month trial in Aberdeen, where cameras the size of mobile phones were used to capture incidents attended by the officers.

Officials say that in 90% of cases proceeded in the courts with body-worn video evidence have resulted in an early guilty plea.

As well as capturing evidence and the behaviour of suspects, something which usually gets watered down with the mere word of a police officer in court, theyc an also be used to protect officers from vexatious complaints.

I believe we trialed them. Let’s hope Grampian used a different system, ours either failed to work or were not available for those officers who actually wanted to wear them.

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4 comments

  1. Brontosaurus says:

    I read this article as well 200. Typical police spin suggesting that wearing the cameras is cost effective as 90% of those caught on camera plead guilty. The only trouble is, when the force were asked how many people plead guilty when not caught on camera, the Force could not come up with the answer. So they are buying cameras not knowing if they are cost effective or not.
    I suspect that in 6 months time the person in charge of this little project will have been promoted and moved on while fewer and fewer officers wear the cameras for various reasons.

    July 29th, 2012 at 22:58

  2. Plodnomore says:

    During the last few years of my Police service, officers were buying those voice activated dictation machines. Not for evidential purposes but in case of any accusations of negative behaviour which arrested people and local toe-rags seem to spout at regular intervals. We used to keep the tapes for about a month until one guy showed us how to download them onto discs for storage. A few found it worthwhile paying out the money as they were able to disprove the complaints. Tghis appears to be the next step forward, though officially approved.

    July 30th, 2012 at 11:28

  3. southernbobby says:

    There is suggestion that my force will be issuing these soon. While they are probably a good idea, where will it stop. Being long in the tooth I remember when all we carried was a truncheon and a radio! Carry more stuff now than Batman carried on his batbelt. Clearly another idea by some office dweller who doesn’t do the job on a day to day basis

    July 30th, 2012 at 22:27

  4. Randomer says:

    Isn’t this more about saving money on double crewing for corroboration (as required under Scots law unlike the rest of the UK)

    Ie you can have camera and witness statement from officer rather than statements from two officers, any scottish officers correct me if I’m wrong.

    July 31st, 2012 at 18:36

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