Police to wear body cam­eras

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews - BY JOHN MCDOUGALL john.mcdougall@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @JMacD1988

POLICE in Hal­ton could be al­lowed to use body-worn video to record in­ter­views with sus­pects af­ter a con­sul­ta­tion was launched.

Of­fi­cers in the bor­ough can al­ready use ev­i­dence cap­tured by wear­able cam­eras.

How­ever, pro­posed new reg­u­la­tions from the Home Of­fice would mean that they could be used for sus­pect in­ter­views away from the police sta­tion set­ting for the first time.

It fol­lows joint work be­tween the Home Of­fice and police to help max­imise time spent on the front line by of­fi­cers and re­duce un­nec­es­sary trips to and from police sta­tions.

Polic­ing and fire ser­vice min­is­ter Nick Hurd said: “Hav­ing met of­fi­cers across Eng­land and Wales, I’ve seen how tech­nol­ogy is bring­ing 21st cen­tury so­lu­tions to age-old polic­ing prob­lems. ●

“I want our police of­fi­cers to have ac­cess to the best pos­si­ble equip­ment, and to be able to use it to bring greater ef­fi­ciency to front­line polic­ing.

“We will keep look­ing for ways to save time and work more ef­fec­tively, and we will do ev­ery­thing we can to sup­port forces as they adapt for the fu­ture.”

By the end of this year 60,000 body-worn video cam­eras will have been de­ployed by police forces across Eng­land and Wales.

As part of the new reg­u­la­tions, the Home Of­fice is also strength­en­ing the pro­tec­tions in place for in­ter­vie­wees and will re­quire all in­ter­views with sus­pects to be recorded when a work­ing au­dio de­vice is avail­able.

A Home Of­fice spokesman said: “The new plans set out in full sus­pects’ rights and en­ti­tle­ments and also in­clude a def­i­ni­tion of vul­ner­a­bil­ity, so that it is clear when in­ter­views must be con­ducted with in­de­pen­dent sup­port for the sus­pect from an ap­pro­pri­ate adult and, if one is re­quested, a solic­i­tor.”

Nick Hurd MP

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