More body-worn cameras issued to police to collect on-the-spot evidence

Beds police officers PC Oliver Green and PC Kirsty Forth with the new body cameras.

Beds police officers PC Oliver Green and PC Kirsty Forth with the new body cameras.

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Bedfordshire Police are to issue around 1,000 more body-worn cameras to the frontline to enable officers to collect evidence on the spot – saving time, increasing transparency and helping to bring offenders to justice.

The cameras follow other initiatives by police to increase effectiveness and efficiency through technology. Many frontline officers are now equipped with digital notebooks, meaning routine tasks can be done in the field rather than back at the station, helping to keep officers out in the communities.

Head of Continuous Improvement, Supt Jim Lunn said: “The cameras are extremely useful since they mean evidence can be collected quickly and in a completely transparent way. It is good news for the public, good news for officer safety and bad news for those who act in a criminal way.

“Other forces using this technology have found that the cameras have contributed towards early pleas from offenders, a reduction in challenges to police evidence in court, a reduction in the number of complaints against police and they have had a positive impact upon domestic violence prosecutions.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins welcomed the initiative adding: “The wider deployment of these body-worn cameras represents another step forward by the force to use technology to enhance its ability to protect people and fight crime effectively and efficiently.

“This equipment will save a great deal of time and effort and will ultimately be a very worthwhile investment. More importantly it will help to secure successful prosecutions against those perpetrators of crime who pose a threat to the communities of Bedfordshire.”