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Met Police Deploy Body Worn Video Scheme

It's thought the move will help reduce volatile encounters with members of the public.

In a bid to encourage speedier justice for victims of crime, The Metropolitan Police Service have rolled out a large scale deployment of body worn video technology, with cameras now to be worn by more than 22,000 officers on the frontline.

Cameras will be issued across all 32 boroughs in the capital over the next few months, with the technology providing greater levels of transparency not just for those wearing the cameras but also those in front of them.

They’ll be attached to the officers’ uniforms but won’t always be recording, so as to ensure that police interactions with members of the public won’t be impeded unnecessarily. If being recorded, people will be informed immediately and it is apparently obvious when the camera is recording because there’s a frequent beeping noise and a flashing red circle.

“Video captures events in a way that can't be represented on paper in the same detail, a picture paints a thousand words, and it has been shown the mere presence of this type of video can often defuse potentially violent situations without the need for force to be used,” Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Metropolitan Police Commissioner, said.

In September, a Cambridge University study of nearly 2,000 police officers around the UK, as well as some US forces, found that the use of wearable cameras resulted in a 93 per cent drop in complaints made by members of the general public against the police. This suggests that the presence of these cameras can help defuse possibly volatile encounters with people.

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