All Cheshire police officers to have access to body worn video equipment

Body Worn Video

Body worn video cameras will be made available to all police officers in Cheshire thanks to funding approved by the county's police and crime commissioner.

Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane has agreed to fund the purchase of cameras for all frontline officers with the new equipment set to be in operation by the end of this year.

It follows the roll-out of the kit to firearms officers last year and Taser officers and football spotters earlier this month.

David Keane said: "Body worn video is an invaluable addition to our officers' kit and will improve the effectiveness of policing in Cheshire, helping us to provide a force fit for the future.

"We've already seen the benefits of the technology since it was introduced to firearms officers last year, and I'm pleased to fund the roll-out of the equipment for the entire force.

"The kit provides better protection for officers and an increased chance of prosecution for offenders with assaults on police officers and other people evidenced on camera.

"I also believe that the cameras will help to deter some crime and modify the behaviours of those being filmed, saving a great deal of time and money for both Cheshire Constabulary and the courts."

The increased funding from the commissioner will see the kit made available to local police units, detectives and PCSOs who have completed training on how to operate the devices.

The officers will dock the device when they return to the station from their shift and the footage will automatically be stored on the force's central records.

Superintendent Luke McDonnell, who is leading the roll-out, added: "This is an important step forward to give officers kit that will support them in their role.

"Body worn video significantly improves the opportunity for officers to gather good evidence, while feedback from other forces shows that their use promotes public reassurance, modifies people's behaviour, prevents harm and often deters people from committing crime and anti-social behaviour.

"The high definition recordings from the video provide independent evidence that can improve the quality of prosecution material."

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Gillian Slater
Thursday 12th April 2018 at 8:22 pm
By the end of the year . That sounds an awfully long time away. Nearly eight months or if it's means the end of the financial year that would be a full year. Forgive me pointing out the obvious but that is not much of a promise wrapped up to look soon. Has the purchase yet to be ratified , as well the items made before being allocated?
Clive Cooksey
Wednesday 18th April 2018 at 3:28 pm
Arrrr!That explains the speeding purge. They will probably collect enough cash to pay for these. Mind how you go. Evening all!