Cleveland Police is preparing to launch 100 Body Worn Video cameras across the Cleveland Force area by April 2015. The introduction aims to maximise crime fighting potential whilst demonstrating transparency and accountability.
Initially, one team of twelve operational frontline officers based at Kirkleatham will be equipped with the cameras before a role out across to other frontline officers in other areas in the Force. The cameras will be pooled rather than personal issue.
The cameras have been funded by the Ministry of Justice Competed Fund through the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, who supports victims of domestic abuse through his Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy.
The Reveal Media RS3SX cameras are already being used by 24 other Forces up and down the country. Training will be provided to identified ‘super-users’ who will then be able to cascade the training to the operational officers using the cameras.
The aim is to use them primarily for incidents of domestic abuse, however, other areas of crime will also be captured. The recording provides an immediate and exact record of any incident and the emotional effect on the victim and their family or other immediate witnesses. This assists police in their responsibility to maintain law and order; to protect members of the public and their property, and prevent, detect and investigate crime. For more details click here.
Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner welcomes feedback from the public on their feelings around Body Worn Video. Feedback can be forwarded to: The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Police Headquarters, Ladgate Lane, PO Box 70, Middlesbrough, TS8 9EH, alternatively send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01642 301446.
Posted on Tuesday 3rd March 2015