“I am writing to let you know that Hammersmith and Fulham borough will be launching the use of Body Worn Video (BWV) cameras on 30th May 2017
The introduction of BWV to Hammersmith and Fulham is part of the world’s largest global use of BWV within a police service, with the aims of modernising the Metropolitan Police (MPS) through technology, enabling frontline police officers to be more effective and strengthening the police/public partnership.
The introduction of BWV will see the following benefits;
Increasing the use of technology within the criminal justice system for more efficient and effective justice for victims
Greater transparency of policing; improving the investigation of complaints
Making stop and search more accountable to communities
Video captures events in a way that can’t be represented on paper
Offenders are more likely to plead guilty, if they know they have been recorded; potentially speeding up the criminal justice process
BWV will be incident specific and will not be used to indiscriminately record Londoners
We’re looking to gauge feedback from the public and London’s communities about their feelings around BWV.
You can give your feedback and/or comments to the sender of this letter or your local Safer Neighbourhood Team, find yours here Team Finder
More information on the use of BWV and how the footage is managed can be found at www.met.police.uk/BWV. “