Body-worn video cameras used to interview suspects

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2016
Reference: 
2016/0663
Question By: 
Roger Evans
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Hampshire Constabulary have announced they intend to use body-worn video cameras (BWV) to question those suspected of low-level offences such as anti-social behaviour or shoplifting in order to cut costs. What assessment have you, MOPAC and the Metropolitan Police Service made of using BWV to interview suspects suspected of low-level offences?

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Answer for Body-worn video cameras used to interview suspects

Answered By: 
The Mayor

MOPAC and the MPS have made important contributions to the evidence base on the use of Body Worn Video and its implications for policing, through the MOPAC/College of Policing research into the London pilot of this technology and through the London Policing Ethics Panel report.

We are aware of the work going on in Hampshire regarding interviews and consider that such a scheme has real potential in delivering savings in officer time and in being a less intrusive on suspects.  We will continue to liaise with Hampshire as their work progresses and the MPS rolls out BWV.