Police body cameras are good news
I WAS pleased to hear Boris Johnson’s announcement that the majority of our Met Officers on the beat will be getting body-worn cameras within the next year.
This is good news for Londoners, not only making our communities safer places to live, but also allowing local people to hold the police to account.
I hope that the Metropolitan Police will draw up workable rules that tell officers when they need to have that camera switched on, so that as local residents we can still have the confidence to approach our local neighbourhood bobby for a private conversation when we want.
Lady Doreen Lawrence, whose son Stephen was murdered in a racist attack in 1993, has suggested that these cameras should be switched on during every stop-andsearch to ensure they are conducted appropriately.
Meanwhile these cameras could result in huge savings in police and court time. If they work well and are not seen as a threat, over time we may be able to roll them out to other frontline workers – such as transport and health workers – who we rely on to keep London safe and moving.
space by allowing long grass to grow, and planting ‘middle aged, keep off the grass’ wildflowers is directly against the wishes of the original donors and runs counter to supporting a healthy and energetic lifestyle.
I suspect this has more to do with the nimby campaign against hockey and young people, than promoting wildlife and flowers.
In the same edition, there is high praise for the council in promoting ‘family friendly’, well maintained green space.
These spaces must be “welcoming, community oriented, friendly to the environment, well-managed and clean”.
Perhaps the council could be consistent in its policy across the borough and at the same time return to the clear intent of the Kings
College Playing Fields trust deed.
They need to stop middle aged, spoil sports from blocking the full use of open space by those wishing to play sport, run around or just picnic. Mow the grass regularly in the summer on the Playing Fields, please!