Hampshire Constabulary looks set to be the first force in the country to equip every officer with body-worn cameras

Hampshire's chief constable Andy Marsh says the cameras can boost policing in the county

Hampshire's chief constable Andy Marsh says the cameras can boost policing in the county

First published in Crime Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter

HAMPSHIRE Constabulary is set to become the first force in the country to equip every police officer with controversial, body-worn cameras.

The Home Office has awarded Hampshire Constabulary more than £360,000 to expand the use of the hi-tech cameras which will be issued to all officers and police community support officers.

The gadgets capture clear and crisp video and audio footage from crime scenes that can be uploaded within seconds.

The £362,800 from the Home Office is a share of £4m from the Police Innovation Fund, which has been split between eight forces.

Hampshire's Chief Constable Andy Marsh, who is also the national policing lead for the kit, said: “Body-worn video can contribute to policing in many ways, not least as a piece of kit that supports and improves cases going to court - really telling the story of what has happened in a way many juries may not have appreciated before.”

The cameras are overt pieces of equipment, with officers duty-bound to inform those being recorded that their actions are being taped for evidence which may be used to support criminal prosecutions.

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7:12pm Tue 29 Jul 14

good-gosh says...

Brilliant addition – everything on video - no more questioning of police evidence.
Brilliant addition – everything on video - no more questioning of police evidence. good-gosh
  • Score: 14

7:35pm Tue 29 Jul 14

IronLady2010 says...

Totally agree, no more wasting Police time with false accusations!
Totally agree, no more wasting Police time with false accusations! IronLady2010
  • Score: 16

8:48pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Mr BCB says...

Good idea for 2 reasons, dealing with the public and keeping direct control of police movements.
Good idea for 2 reasons, dealing with the public and keeping direct control of police movements. Mr BCB
  • Score: 9

8:52pm Tue 29 Jul 14

eurogordi says...

I would like to know if ALL "duty bound" police officers will actually inform the people they are filming that this action is being carried out? I ask this because a family member was wrongfully arrested last year and the officers concerned DID NOT inform them of their legal rights both at the scene and at the station. The police also failed to show a search warrant on a domestic property (where nothing was found) until another family member challenged them concerning this. Muted apologies followed accompanied by the actual warrant, but too many police officers think they are above the law and do not follow correct procedures ... and PCSOs are even worse!
I would like to know if ALL "duty bound" police officers will actually inform the people they are filming that this action is being carried out? I ask this because a family member was wrongfully arrested last year and the officers concerned DID NOT inform them of their legal rights both at the scene and at the station. The police also failed to show a search warrant on a domestic property (where nothing was found) until another family member challenged them concerning this. Muted apologies followed accompanied by the actual warrant, but too many police officers think they are above the law and do not follow correct procedures ... and PCSOs are even worse! eurogordi
  • Score: -25

11:12pm Tue 29 Jul 14

teamgreen says...

and that means we can film them as well for our safety .
and that means we can film them as well for our safety . teamgreen
  • Score: 3

11:15pm Tue 29 Jul 14

IronLady2010 says...

teamgreen wrote:
and that means we can film them as well for our safety .
Yes, you can and they cannot refuse. Why would you want to though?
[quote][p][bold]teamgreen[/bold] wrote: and that means we can film them as well for our safety .[/p][/quote]Yes, you can and they cannot refuse. Why would you want to though? IronLady2010
  • Score: 8

11:21pm Tue 29 Jul 14

IronLady2010 says...

teamgreen wrote:
and that means we can film them as well for our safety .
If someone robs you tonight, please don't contact the Police. Phone a friend or another moron.
[quote][p][bold]teamgreen[/bold] wrote: and that means we can film them as well for our safety .[/p][/quote]If someone robs you tonight, please don't contact the Police. Phone a friend or another moron. IronLady2010
  • Score: 6

12:14am Wed 30 Jul 14

teamgreen says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
teamgreen wrote:
and that means we can film them as well for our safety .
If someone robs you tonight, please don't contact the Police. Phone a friend or another moron.
just like you namesake then.there are enough videos on youtube showing the police not doing there job right or hurting people for no reason.as for name calling your a tw@t
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]teamgreen[/bold] wrote: and that means we can film them as well for our safety .[/p][/quote]If someone robs you tonight, please don't contact the Police. Phone a friend or another moron.[/p][/quote]just like you namesake then.there are enough videos on youtube showing the police not doing there job right or hurting people for no reason.as for name calling your a tw@t teamgreen
  • Score: -8

12:47am Wed 30 Jul 14

andysaints007 says...

teamgreen wrote:
and that means we can film them as well for our safety .
IDIOT
[quote][p][bold]teamgreen[/bold] wrote: and that means we can film them as well for our safety .[/p][/quote]IDIOT andysaints007
  • Score: 2

9:21am Wed 30 Jul 14

MPOV says...

andysaints007 wrote:
teamgreen wrote:
and that means we can film them as well for our safety .
IDIOT
The idiots out there already do...

The police videos are there to protect both the officers and the public. Dishonest complaints about officers can be binned and I bet officers mind what they say and do with a camera capturing everything.

Legislation also states officers should inform somebody they're being filmed.
[quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]teamgreen[/bold] wrote: and that means we can film them as well for our safety .[/p][/quote]IDIOT[/p][/quote]The idiots out there already do... The police videos are there to protect both the officers and the public. Dishonest complaints about officers can be binned and I bet officers mind what they say and do with a camera capturing everything. Legislation also states officers should inform somebody they're being filmed. MPOV
  • Score: 0

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