Body-worn video camera data storage

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2176
Question By: 
Roger Evans
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The Metropolitan Police Service policy is that footage captured on police officer's body-worn video cameras is retained for a maximum of 31 days unless it is proportionate and necessary to retain it for longer in respect of a policing purpose. Why is the retention period so short, especially given that officers will have made a conscious decision to active their cameras in order to record an incident?

Answer

Answer for Body-worn video camera data storage

Answer for Body-worn video camera data storage

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS policy is that body worn video footage is retained for a maximum of 31 days unless it is proportionate and necessary to retain it for longer in respect of policing purposes.  Those purposes are defined under MOPI (Management of Police Information) guidelines as: protecting life & property, preserving public order, prevention and detection of crime, bringing offenders to justice and any other duty or responsibility arising from common or statute law. The decision also has to have regard to the costs of storing material of this sort.

Following consultation with both the Offices of the Information Commissioner & Surveillance Camera Commissioner, the 31 day period was built in to allow for a prompt assessment of the need to retain footage under MOPI provisions to be made, ensuring that footage of individuals that is not required for policing purposes is removed promptly by the MPS.