There are fresh calls for frontline police officers to wear body worn video cameras following the recent verdict in the Mark Duggan case.
Grampian Police Image Body cameras help to provide an independent account of an incident by recording both video and audio of the actions and statements of those involved. This undoubtedly helps to uncover the truth during investigations of this nature and also improves transparency with the public who question the accounts given by officers and the necessity of their actions.
However, for body worn camera evidence to be relied upon and trusted by all parties, there needs to be a robust process in place for the capture, management and storage of the data.
Firstly, the footage needs to be secure on the camera itself. A sealed device prevents physical removal or loss of any recordings made.
Secondly, the footage should be encrypted. This prevents unauthorised access should a camera be mislaid and ensures data can only be downloaded at the designated point.
Lastly, the management software must be capable of managing large quantities of data from disparate locations securely, granting access to only those who need it. Recorded footage should be traceable to the device, the operator using it and the date and time it was filmed, along with a log of everyone who subsequently accessed or viewed the recording for full audit tracking.
Implemented and managed correctly body worn video can improve safety, reduce crime and save time and money in investigations and prosecutions.
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