Body-mounted cameras

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-07-23
Session date: 
July 23, 2014
Reference: 
2014/2857
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Will you ask the Met to wear body-mounted cameras to film all stop-and-searches in London to boost public confidence and tackle the "historically poor" relations between some black residents and police?

Answer

Answer for Body-mounted cameras

Answer for Body-mounted cameras

Answered By: 
The Mayor

A full randomised control trial on the use of 500 body worn cameras across 10 boroughs was launched on 8 May this year.  The boroughs are Barnet, Bexley, Bromley, Brent, Camden, Croydon, Ealing, Havering, Hillingdon and Lewisham.

 

The cameras will routinely collect evidence in incidents such as domestic abuse and public order, but also for potentially contentious interactions such as stop and search.

 

Evidence from earlier pilots currently being looked at suggests a change in both officer and public behaviour, a reduction in the number of complaints and increased early guilty pleas.

 

An evaluation will be conducted on the impact of body worn cameras, including the impact on stop and search, once a full year of data is recorded.