22nd December 2015

The Mayor of London and the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police confirmed in November 2015 that plans were moving ahead to introduce Police body worn video to all front line Police Officers.

The Police have signed a contract to obtain 22,000 body worn video devices with the first deliveries due in early 2016. This follows 12 month trials of the cameras across London. Many welcome the introduction of body worn video cameras which it is hoped will improve Police accountability and provide evidence in cases where allegations of misconduct are made against Police Officers.

It is likely such video footage will form an increasing part of evidence within criminal proceedings following arrests.  The move should also ensure more transparent policing in the same way that the introduction of video cameras in custody suites within Police Stations shone a light on what was often considered to be a dark corner.