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Increasing public confidence through improved transparency in policing.
Increasing public confidence through improved transparency in policing
Supporting the criminal justice process
Supporting the criminal justice process
Improving the investigation of complaints
Improving the investigation of complaints
Increasing the potential for evidence based prosecutions to support vulnerable victims
Increasing the potential for evidence based prosecutions to support vulnerable victims
Making stop and search more accountable to communities
Making stop and search more accountable to communities
Smarter, more transparent policing
Video captures events in a way that can't be represented on paper
Quote: It is the perfect aid memoire and the best piece of kit I have ever been issued. - PC Darren Samuel

So, what is BWV?

The Metropolitan Police Service remains committed to ensuring that our officers receive the best possible equipment that supports them to deliver a quality policing service.

Body Worn Video (BWV) will enable our officers to do this through increasing public confidence and allowing us to secure better evidence to strengthen our fight against crime, whilst supporting victims. BWV cameras are small, visible devices that are worn attached to the officers’ uniform (usually on the chest). They are used to capture both video and audio evidence when officers are attending all types of incidents. The position of the camera allows for those viewing the footage to see the situation from the officer's perspective. The camera acts as an independent witness to police actions and interactions.

The camera records the footage onto an internal and secure storage device. At the end of the officer's shift the footage is uploaded to secure infrastructure for use as evidence at court or other legal proceedings or automatically deleted if not required for a policing purpose.

Reasons for use

Reasons for using BWV

The Met is clear in its ambition to become a world leading digital police force to enable frontline police officers to be more effective as well as strengthening the police/public partnership...

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When is it used

When will BWV be used?

Common law provides the police with the authority to use BWV in the lawful execution of their duties, for the purpose of the prevention and detection of crime...

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MPS trial of BWV

MPS trial of BWV

The boroughs involved in the trial were Camden, Hillingdon, Ealing, Barnet, Lewisham, Croydon, Bexley, Bromley, Havering, Brent...

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My right to information

My right to information

The Data Protection Act 1998 gives you the right to find out what information is held about you on computer and some paper records. This right is known as the 'Right of Subject Access'...

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Will it be always on? - No, the use of BWV will be ‘incident specific’, meaning officers will not indiscriminately record all their interactions and activity. This is to ensure that any intrusion into private lives is kept to the minimum level necessary...

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The Events Gallery

About the Camera

The cameras feature a “buffering” mode which is a continuously recording 30 second loop of video but no audio. When the officer activates their camera to record the 30 second buffer is included in that recording...

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