Sergeant Mark Sexton, Met Police’s Croydon Borough body worn video (BWV) implementation lead writes,
I am writing to let you know that Croydon borough will be launching the use of body worn video (BWV) cameras on 9th January 2017.
This is part of the world’s largest use of BWV within a police service, modernising the Metropolitan Police (MPS) through technology and rolling out approximately 22,000 cameras over the coming months. Given the scale of the roll out this will be phased across the MPS so some boroughs will receive their cameras sooner than others.
A successful year-long trial of these cameras within Camden, Hillingdon, Ealing, Barnet, Lewisham, Croydon, Bexley, Bromley, Havering and Brent ended in April 2015. Full details of which can be found with the college of policing here; www.college.police.uk
The introduction of BWV will see the following benefits across the MPS;
• Increasing the use of technology within the criminal justice system for more efficient and effective justice for victims
• Greater transparency of policing; improving the investigation of complaints
• Making stop and search more accountable to communities
• Video captures events in a way that can’t be represented on paper
• Offenders are more likely to plead guilty, if they know they have been recorded; potentially speeding up the criminal justice process
• BWV will be incident specific and will not be used to indiscriminately record Londoners.
We’re looking to gauge feedback from the public and London’s communities about their feelings around BWV. You can give your feedback and/or comments to your local Safer Neighbourhood Team, find yours here; http://content.met.police.uk/Site/YourBorough
For full details of how BWV will work and be used please visit www.met.police.uk/BWV
Sergeant Mark Sexton
Croydon Borough BWV implementation lead