Herts police issues frontline officers with 1,298 Reveal body cameras
Hertfordshire police are rolling out 1,298 new Reveal body worn video (BWV) cameras cameras to officers. The force says the new technology will bring a host of benefits including "more efficient and transparent policing" and "bringing more offenders to justice".
The introduction of the cameras will continue throughout September and October until all front-line officers, including Safer Neighbourhood PCs and PCSOs, have them.
BWV has been used for some years in Herts, however the new crop of Reveal cameras represents a considerable boost to the number of officers that will be using them as well as being the most up-to-date models on the market.
The RS2-X2 body camera, which is mounted on the officer's uniform, allows them to instantly record video whenever and wherever there is an evidence-gathering opportunity.
Detective Superintendent Shirley Sargent, the force's operational lead for BWV, said: "Herts Constabulary is committed to making best use of technology to improve efficiency, help keep the public safe and bring criminals to justice.
"This technology, which is what most people have on their mobile phones, provides better standards of evidence as well as a record of the challenging encounters that police face on a daily basis.
"Evidence from the trialling of BWV shows that they can contribute to earlier guilty pleas by offenders, fewer complaints against police and more effective evidence-gathering in domestic abuse investigations."
Herts Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd added: "I welcome this commitment to both using technology to increase efficiency and to further the cause of transparent policing. Both are key areas of my Police and Crime Plan for Hertfordshire.
"Recording police work and interactions is by its very nature a transparent process and can only improve confidence in policing among the general public."
The issuing of cameras coincides with the rollout of a new video management system, which will enable officers in different locations around the county instantly to download and share evidence.
This will mean evidence for investigations or complaints against police can be reviewed faster as well as allow better data collection following large or critical incidents or for reviewing officer behaviour for training purposes.
Inspector Adam Such, who is the force tactical lead for BWV, said: "Having a BWV camera at the scene of an incident or crime is effectively like having an extra independent witness whose evidence cannot be disputed.
"The new video management system will then allow the data collected to be reviewed and shared among investigating officers almost instantaneously. Combine these two new developments and we will have a much more efficient and flexible system which will provide an increased level of service to the public."
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