Gwent Police officers to wear cameras

Two Gwent Police officers wearing their new cameras (opposite the phones on their chest)

A close-up of the camera Gwent Police officers will wear

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GWENT Police are to be one of six forces in the UK to trial the use of body-worn cameras.

Gwent Police Force has been awarded £155,000 from the Home Office to trial the use of these cameras on Police Officers and test the equipment that uploads, secures and distributes the footage. They will also assess public reaction to the concept of camera-equipped Police Officers.

The money for the pilot scheme has come from the new £50 million Police Innovation Fund.

The use of a small number of cameras was successfully trialled by Gwent Police in December as part of the 'Townsafe' initiative for night time crime in Caerphilly. The additional funding will enable the Force to eventually roll out around 360 cameras across Gwent for use by front line officers.

The technology can be used to gather evidence to investigate crime and the evidence could also be used to investigate complaints and hold the police to account.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Ian Johnston, said: "I'm delighted the Force has been awarded this funding and I'm confident the benefit of using these cameras and the associated technology will be realised in terms of criminal justice savings and in terms of Police Officer integrity and safety.

Scientific research also supports the evidence that body worn cameras can assist in de-escalating an incident when the offenders are made aware of its presence."

He added: "The widespread introduction of this technology also complements my Police and Crime plan for Gwent which aims to put victims of crime at the heart of everything we do and ensures that people here are less affected by crime and anti-social behaviour and are protected from serious harm.

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8:07am Thu 16 Jan 14

rightsideup says...

£155,000,what a tragic waste of money!.
£155,000,what a tragic waste of money!. rightsideup
  • Score: -4

8:27am Thu 16 Jan 14

newportscum says...

A beech of human rights...All tho it might do Newport some considering the amount of crime going on.
A beech of human rights...All tho it might do Newport some considering the amount of crime going on. newportscum
  • Score: -5

9:10am Thu 16 Jan 14

Llanmartinangel says...

rightsideup wrote:
£155,000,what a tragic waste of money!.
Had the police in Downing Street had these on Andrew Mitchell couldn't have been set up could he?
[quote][p][bold]rightsideup[/bold] wrote: £155,000,what a tragic waste of money!.[/p][/quote]Had the police in Downing Street had these on Andrew Mitchell couldn't have been set up could he? Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 5

9:11am Thu 16 Jan 14

Thomas O'Malley says...

Excellent idea. Aside from accurate recording of the facts it also ensures the police act in a polite manner when dealing with the public and do not inflame situations.
Excellent idea. Aside from accurate recording of the facts it also ensures the police act in a polite manner when dealing with the public and do not inflame situations. Thomas O'Malley
  • Score: 7

11:21am Thu 16 Jan 14

The Red Claw says...

newportscum wrote:
A beech of human rights...All tho it might do Newport some considering the amount of crime going on.
Actually, if you think about it, this is a major and now very necessary step toward the preservation of human rights through the use of modern technology.
[quote][p][bold]newportscum[/bold] wrote: A beech of human rights...All tho it might do Newport some considering the amount of crime going on.[/p][/quote]Actually, if you think about it, this is a major and now very necessary step toward the preservation of human rights through the use of modern technology. The Red Claw
  • Score: 4

11:38am Thu 16 Jan 14

The Red Claw says...

rightsideup wrote:
£155,000,what a tragic waste of money!.
Cheap at the price. This initiative will save millions in the long run in legal fees alone. I think a tad more than £155,00 has already been spent on ‘Plebgate’ and the recent Mark Duggan case alone, most of which has been trousered by the so called legal profession. The tragic part of this is that trust in the police has been so eroded over recent months that these steps are now an absolute necessity to protect both the public and of course, some police officers themselves.
[quote][p][bold]rightsideup[/bold] wrote: £155,000,what a tragic waste of money!.[/p][/quote]Cheap at the price. This initiative will save millions in the long run in legal fees alone. I think a tad more than £155,00 has already been spent on ‘Plebgate’ and the recent Mark Duggan case alone, most of which has been trousered by the so called legal profession. The tragic part of this is that trust in the police has been so eroded over recent months that these steps are now an absolute necessity to protect both the public and of course, some police officers themselves. The Red Claw
  • Score: 5

12:38pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Willenholly says...

Is it all automatically uploaded with no way of "losing" footage when it shows improper behaviour from the Police?
Is it all automatically uploaded with no way of "losing" footage when it shows improper behaviour from the Police? Willenholly
  • Score: 1

2:33pm Thu 16 Jan 14

The Red Claw says...

Willenholly wrote:
Is it all automatically uploaded with no way of "losing" footage when it shows improper behaviour from the Police?
If the system is fit for purpose it should prove highly difficult if not impossible for footage to be tampered with. I believe that even the audio cassette tapes currently used by police have certain safeguards incorporated within them to prevent tampering, and that is fairly old technology.
In any case, loss of vital evidential camera footage, be it deliberate, accidental, or through willful or benign neglect, surely can only serve to undermine any errant officers version of events, and thus probably support any complaint against them.
On the other side of the coin, the cameras can also be used by police to record accidents and incidents, damage to property and injury to innocent members of the public including the impact upon the individual victim at the time, which is very often later ignored by the courts.
[quote][p][bold]Willenholly[/bold] wrote: Is it all automatically uploaded with no way of "losing" footage when it shows improper behaviour from the Police?[/p][/quote]If the system is fit for purpose it should prove highly difficult if not impossible for footage to be tampered with. I believe that even the audio cassette tapes currently used by police have certain safeguards incorporated within them to prevent tampering, and that is fairly old technology. In any case, loss of vital evidential camera footage, be it deliberate, accidental, or through willful or benign neglect, surely can only serve to undermine any errant officers version of events, and thus probably support any complaint against them. On the other side of the coin, the cameras can also be used by police to record accidents and incidents, damage to property and injury to innocent members of the public including the impact upon the individual victim at the time, which is very often later ignored by the courts. The Red Claw
  • Score: 1

6:42pm Thu 16 Jan 14

welshmen says...

Smart idea, the Police need to be seen as transparent at this time....
Smart idea, the Police need to be seen as transparent at this time.... welshmen
  • Score: 0

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