worn video cameras set to be carried by Burnham-On-Sea Police
officers in Burnham-On-Sea, and across the force area, will begin
using body worn video cameras from the end of this year.
there will be 2,300 cameras, which will be distributed in a phased
approach to front-line police officers and PCSOs, and additional
body worn video cameras will be used by other roles within the
force in the future.
body worn video cameras are visible cameras which will be worn
by officers as part of their uniform that will enable quality
digital evidence to be captured to assist the criminal justice
will also provide an additional level of protection for officers
and increase the transparency of their work.
the Data Protection Act 1998, police forces have a duty to inform
a person that their actions are being recorded on body worn cameras
for evidence purposes and officers will be obliged to clearly
state when they are recording an individual.
Constable Andy Marsh, National Police Lead for body worn video,
said: "When an officer wears a camera, the evidence captured
is often much higher quality. I have seen earlier admissions and
quicker pleas, together with better informed sentences and sanctions
want to equip my officers and PCSOs so they can provide
a high quality service to the public that is open and transparent,
and keeps them safe. I believe that body worn video cameras will
help us deliver this as well as helping to professionalise the
service we offer."
picture paints a thousand words and this is a further step in
using digitalisation to transform policing and the criminal justice
service for the better."
and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens added: "Its
important that the officers and PCSOs have the right technology
to do their job, serving local people as effectively and efficiently
as possible. The new technology will transform the way the police
work, achieve better outcomes and create fewer complaints."
body worn cameras will also make a real difference in giving local
people more confidence in their policing service."
Media has been chosen as the supplier of the cameras following
a market review followed by further evaluation and more extensive
testing of two final suppliers. Reveal Media already supplies
over 20 police forces with the cameras.