Body Worn Video for Firearms Officers
A targeted rollout of body worn cameras for Authorised Firearms Officers across the alliance will begin from 15 May 2017.
BWV is an audio and video recording device. The Commissioner pledged to introduce BWV to Dorset and provided funding for a large-scale trial involved 100 plus cameras at Bridport, Weymouth and Bournemouth from the summer of 2016.
While this roll out is limited to firearms officers, the cameras will also be used for general policing duties, which will increase the number of incidents and encounters where they can be deployed.
The Commissioner's goal is to eventually see cameras rolled out to all operational frontline officers.
The Commissioner is a strong proponent of BWV as a tool to increase the evidence gathering ability of the police, especially in domestic abuse and public order scenarios. They provide an unbiased record of what an officer has experienced, making the police more transparent and officers’ actions more accountable.
He has long argued that cameras can help diffuse difficult situations as people behave differently when told they are being filmed, as well as proving extremely useful in court to assist officers who have been assaulted and in cases of complaints against police.
Public surveys undertaken by OPCC have shown consistent support from the public in introducing this tactic to the policing of Dorset. Find out more on page 2 of the Your Dorset. Your Police. Your View survey report.