LONDON – London’s police officers are to be equipped with 20,000 body-worn cameras, to help them gather evidence and improve public confidence in them.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced plans to supply the majority of Metropolitan Police officers with roughly 20,000 body-worn cameras within the next ten months.
Mr. Johnson said: “This is exciting technology that will build trust, help the police do their jobs, and allow the public to hold officers more accountable.”
The technology will be funded from the selling-off of police buildings which has so far generated £661 million. A report from the London Policing Ethics Panel with guidelines on how officers should use the cameras is due to be published in September.
The trial had also shown the cameras’ potential for gathering evidence, increasing the number of early guilty pleas and speeding up the justice process.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: “For too long our equipment has lagged behind the technology almost everyone has in their pockets to capture events as they unfold.
“Soon, more of our officers will be able to make a record of the very challenging circumstances they are asked to deal with on a daily basis and then demonstrate, more effectively, the reality of policing our capital.”
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