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Home Office wants to use body-worn video for police interviews

Matteo Natalucci Published 25 October 2017

Changes of regulation will allow suspects to be interviewed at the scene of a crime

 

The Home Office is consulting on plans to update regulations to allow police officers to use body-worn video to record interviews with suspects away from the police station setting.

New regulations being considered to help police forces maximise the time spent on the frontline and reduce unnecessary trips to and from stations.

Police can already use evidence captured by wearable cameras but the changes will mean that, for the first time, they can be used for suspect interviews.

With these new regulations the Home Office wants also to strengthen the protections in place for interviewees and will require all interviews with suspects to be recorded when a working audio device is available.

Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, Nick Hurd said, “Having met officers across England and Wales, I’ve seen how technology is bringing 21st century solutions to age-old policing problems.”

Hurd said, “I want our police officers to have access to the best possible equipment, and to be able to use it to bring greater efficiency to frontline policing.”

“We will keep looking for ways to save time and work more effectively, and we will do everything we can to support forces as they adapt for the future”, Hurd added.

By the end of 2017, 60,000 body-worn video cameras will have been deployed by police forces across England and Wales.

To respect the suspects’ rights and entitlements and also include a definition of vulnerability, the new regulations set out in full when interviews must be conducted with independent support for the suspect from an appropriate adult and, if one is requested, a solicitor.

Earlier this week, the Ministry of Justice said that following successful trials in 22 facilities, officers at every prison across England and Wales will also have access to body-worn cameras.








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