Firearms of­fi­cers need cam­eras too

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - KEVIN WHATELY, Ac­tor and Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety Am­bas­sador BARONESS JENNY JONES Green Party Mem­ber of the Lon­don As­sem­bly

Am­bas­sador, I’m sup­port­ing their Fix De­men­tia Care cam­paign which aims to im­prove hos­pi­tal care and re­duce vari­a­tion.

Hos­pi­tal man­agers need to know about the care peo­ple with de­men­tia re­ceive and be ac­count­able when things go wrong.

To take ac­tion and join the cam­paign visit: alzheimers.org.uk/ fix­hos­pi­tal­care I WEL­COME the roll out of body worn cam­eras for Met po­lice of­fi­cers but covert firearms of­fi­cers should not be ex­empt.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the deaths of Jer­maine Baker and Mark Dug­gan – both shot dead by Met covert firearms of­fi­cers – could have ben­e­fit­ted from video footage be­ing avail­able for scru­tiny.

The Mayor of Lon­don should en­cour­age the Met to source and pi­lot the use of dis­creet body worn cam­eras.

Cam­eras do not al­ways bring the clar­ity that we all de­sire, but they are still a ma­jor step for­ward in com­mu­nity re­as­sur­ance.

All po­lice of­fi­cers must be equally ac­count­able.

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