Police in Bexley have started wearing body-worn cameras to capture incidents on tape for use in court.
The cameras, which are attached to an officer’s headwear or clothing, have a large flashing red light and regularly beep when in use.
“The main purpose of the cameras is to capture video and audio evidence, with the aim of supporting vulnerable victims, assisting prosecutions and to demonstrate transparency around police activity,” said the Met.
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“In addition, it is about helping magistrates and courts look at sentencing outcomes. A victim or Police Officer statement paints a picture, but video footage shows the real impact a crime can have on victims as well as a suspect’s behaviour.
“All officers who have regular engagement with the public will be issued with cameras and other officers will be able to access cameras on an ‘as needed’ basis,” police added.
The cameras were subject to a trial in several London boroughs and have also undergone academic research.