Spit hoods and body worn video

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-07-19
Session date: 
July 19, 2018
Reference: 
2018/1768
Question By: 
Sian Berry
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Are all Metropolitan Police officers required to have their body worn video cameras turned on when a spit hood is used on a detainee in a police cell or custody suite?

Answer

Answer for Spit hoods and body worn video

Answer for Spit hoods and body worn video

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Police accountability and transparency is incredibly important, no more so than in the custody environment, and body worn video provides an effective means of providing this in all circumstances.  However, custody suites are equipped with CCTV, which provides video coverage of the cells and wider custody suite environment and as such, body worn video is not used there.