Police officers in Brent to wear body cameras

Officers in Brent will start wearing body cameras

Officers in Brent will start wearing body cameras - Credit: Archant

Police officers in Brent will wear cameras on their uniforms as part of a pilot scheme in London.

The borough is one of 10 in the city taking part in the initiative by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) which aims to improve transparency and fast-track justice for victims

A total of 500 cameras will be used to capture evidence at crime scenes – particularly in domestic abuse cases.

The project comes following criticism of borough police after Police chiefs hopes footage obtained can also demonstrate the professionalism of their officers.

Camden, which covers areas in Kilburn, was the first to take delivery of the new cameras last week.

Under the scheme, two response teams on each borough will be required to wear the cameras as they answer 999 calls during the year-long scheme.

Officers will upload footage at the end of each shift to a cloud-based server.

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The images will be deleted after 31 days unless required for evidential purposes.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, MPS Commissioner, said: “Our experience of using cameras already shows that people are more likely to plead guilty when they know we have captured the incident. That speeds up justice, puts offenders behind bars more quickly and protects potential victims.

“I believe it will also show our officers at their best, dealing with difficult and dangerous situations every day but it will also provide clearer evidence when its been alleged that we got things wrong.

“That has to be in both our own and the public’s interest.”

The findings will be evaluated by the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) and the College of Policing before any decision about a future roll-out is made.