Caught on camera! Cops get video cameras to gather evidence
All frontline police officers will soon be wearing video cameras, which will allow them to capture on the scene evidence.
Herts Police is in the process of issuing 1,400 new body worn video cameras and by the end of October all crime-fighting officers including safer neighbourhood teams and PCSOs will be equipped with them.
The camera, which is mounted on the officer’s uniform, allows police to instantly record video whenever and wherever there is an evidence-gathering opportunity.
Det Supt Shirley Sargent said: “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 body worn video cameras shows that they can contribute to earlier guilty pleas by offenders, fewer complaints against police and more effective evidence gathering in domestic abuse investigations.”