Body-worn cameras for police

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-01-29
Session date: 
January 29, 2014
Reference: 
2014/0132
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Further to the Met Commissioner announcing a trial of firearms officers using body-worn video cameras, and the trial already taking place in Sutton, can you confirm how many cameras will be in use by the Met Police from April 2014? Would you consider extending the use of body-worn cameras to all frontline patrol officers, and if so when could they be introduced?

Answer

Answer for Body-worn cameras for police

Answer for Body-worn cameras for police

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There are currently around 200 body worn video (BWV) cameras operating in 11 boroughs. These have been funded, in the main, through partnership arrangements with local authorities, to tackle specific local issues.

Significant funding, secured in part through MOPAC and the Home Office will be used to deliver a large scale pilot. This will commence in April 2014 in a number of boroughs and SCO19 Specialist Firearms Command and could include some of the existing schemes in order to build upon current good practice. The specific details are currently being talked through.

More widespread roll-out of BWV cameras will be considered once the results of the pilot and an assessment of the funded schemes have been analysed.