Police firearms officers are now equipped with body-worn video cameras
PUBLISHED: 13:01 26 September 2017
Armed police officers across Cambridgeshire are now equipped with body-worn video cameras.
The cameras have been rolled out to all officers within the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire armed policing unit in order to increase transparency and help corroborate evidence in relation to incidents attended by firearms officers.
Chief Inspector Julia Hands, from the firearms unit, said: “The cameras allow an accurate account to be recorded from the scene of an incident.
“The cameras can either be attached to the officers’ helmets or their protective vests, and will not be constantly recording. If the officer decides it is necessary to start recording, they will inform the public present.
“If the public wish to view footage taken of them they can request, in writing, to obtain it under freedom of information and data protection laws.”
“The request should be made as soon as possible after the event as, under data retention policies, footage that is not marked as police evidence will auto-delete from the system within 31 days of the incident.”