Tower Hamlets police officers now on patrol with body worn video cameras – say “Cheese!”

Our frontline police officers andPolice Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in the borough have been issued with around 560 Body Worn Video cameras (BWVs).

The cameras are worn attached to the officer’s uniform and do not permanently record. When recording, there is a flashing red circle in the centre of the camera and a frequent beeping noise is also activated.

Police officer on patrol with BWV (left)

The cameras have already shown they can help bring speedier justice for victims and are particularly successful in domestic abuse cases where there has been an increase in earlier guilty pleas from offenders who know their actions have been recorded.

All footage recorded on BWV is subject to legal safeguards and guidance. The footage from the camera is automatically uploaded to secure servers once the device has been docked and flagged for use as evidence at court or other proceedings. Video not retained as evidence or for a policing purpose is automatically deleted within 31 days.

Body Worn Video camera (BWV)

If you wish to view footage taken of you then you can can request, in writing, to obtain it under freedom of information and data protection laws. The request must be within 31 days of the incident unless it has been marked as police evidence and therefore retained.

Another benefit of the BWV is that it dramatically reduces the number of thugs who make false allegations of police brutality as they realise that they just look silly writhing on the ground and shouting “Ooh, ouch, don’t beat me anymore officer!” when the BWV shows there is not a copper within five yards.

Christmas blooper reel

Rumours that at Christmas there will be a competition at Bethnal Green Police Station for the best blooper reels between the different response teams are completely unfounded. However if we get a copy you will see it here first!

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