A Transparent Account of Body Worn Video
Bedfordshire Police first introduced body worn cameras in Spring
2014 - following a survey that showed the public were in favour of
them - and they have been delivering benefits ever since.
The cameras, by their very nature, give a completely transparent
account of events, which helps protect the public and police and
assist with the criminal justice process.
Bedfordshire Police, in common with other forces and in
accordance with national guidance, will activate body worn cameras
when there is an opportunity to gather evidence. The subject of the
filming is told in advance, or as soon as practicable, so it comes
as no surprise.
With the help of Innovation Fund Support we are gradually
equipping more than 1,250 staff in areas including Community
Policing, Response, Roads Policing, Forensic Collision
Investigation and the Special Constabulary.
The cameras are already delivering real results for the public,
not least by securing convictions and ensuring some offenders are
removed from our streets. Filmed evidence has helped:
• Jail offenders for domestic violence incidents – in
one case 11 years - further reassuring the public that police and
courts take them seriously
• Protect the wider public by securing convictions against
offenders, even though their victims will not make a
• Fight racial abuse by using footage to prove offenders’
abuse of victims, including police officers
• Bring to justice those who damage public property, including
• Take drugs off the street by capturing key evidence,
including the lengths dealers will go to conceal them
• Establish the truth in professional standards cases brought
by the public against police officers