Footage is only kept as evidence, for disclosure, or for other legitimate policing purposes according to the Management of Police Information. It is not kept for intelligence.
Access to footage
The force are the data controllers of footage and as such ‘own’ it.
As with any police service, footage recorded and held on Met systems means we are the Data Controller of that footage and as such we are responsible for how we process and share it.
Digital/recorded material such as Body Worn Video, photographs, CCTV or interview tapes count as ‘police information'. You are entitled to request access to only your personal data contained within the police information where you can be identified, under Data Protection law (DPA 2018), by making a Right to Access Request (also known as a Subject Access Request). However, we reserve the right to apply the relevant exemptions set out by the DPA 2018 to the release of the personal data if the circumstances are required.
If you would like to request digital police information held for a third party, you will need to request this from the commander of the borough (at the local police station) where the incident occurred. Please note, the release of the material is at the discretion of the commander.
Contact us to submit an application for third party information.
Scrutiny from communities is essential to the success of policing in London. As part of the Met’s commitment to increase accountability to the public and to improve the quality of its encounters, the information associated with your stop and search or police encounter (including, where applicable, body worn video footage) may be subject to review by independent public reference groups. You can find out more about this or offer feedback.