Body Worn Video

Body worn video (aka BWV/body cams) is a joint project between Dorset Police and Devon and Cornwall Police to equip officers with an audio and video recording device.

The aim is to eventually provide cameras to all operational front line officers. This is in response to public expectations to make police more accountable for their actions.

The motivation for the implementation of these cameras has always been evidential. They will provide an unbiased record of what an officer has experienced. The cameras will be used to record the majority of incidents and encounters, making the police more transparent and officers’ actions more accountable

Dorset Police operational lead, Superintendent Richard Bell, said: “All officers will receive training on the use of cameras and our legal responsibilities. “The cameras will be docked and downloaded every shift, and files will be tagged for evidence.

“A large scale trial, involving 100 plus cameras at Bridport, Weymouth and Bournemouth is due to commence in summer 2016.”

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