Body Worn Video Cameras

West Yorkshire Police’s technological transformation has taken another step forward.

The Force has agreed a contract that sees officers and staff across the county wearing the latest state of the art body worn video cameras during their duties.

Following a pilot of the devices in the Bradford District in May 2016, a phased roll out began.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson has invested over £2 million pounds from a 'Transformation Fund' to support the project.

Assistant Chief Constable, Andy Battle is leading the work and says:

“These devices will undoubtedly play a crucial role in the future of policing and members of the public can expect to see them routinely worn as part of our daily business. Their introduction marks a sea change in the way we are able to go about our work, ensuring the most vulnerable remain safe and feel safe.

“The Force has previously taken part in a Cambridge University study into their use, which has involved various models of camera. The outcome of this research has indicated that they hold some significant and tangible benefits.

“They have the potential to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice system, further improving integrity and the corroboration of evidence by acting as an 'independent witness’.

“Likewise, they have shown to lead to an increase in early guilty pleas, which would mean a reduction in the need for victims, witnesses and the police in West Yorkshire to attend Court.”

“When officers have worn the cameras, there is also evidence that people’s behaviour has changed when they know they are being filmed and that incidents are resolved more effectively.

“It represents a further innovation for the Force following the introduction of hand held devices, which enable officers to conduct work online and spend more time in communities.”

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