Body worn cameras (BWCs) will be used by our Civil Enforcement Team whose officers deal with parking enforcement.

They will

  • serve as a deterrent to acts of aggression or verbal and physical abuse
  • assist the police in any investigation of aggression or verbal and physical abuse
  • help to protect officers at work
  • allow the officer to maintain the use of their hands and enforcement equipment whilst recording an incident

Who will be using them

Civil Enforcement Officers will have received training in the use of BWCs, including:

  • practical use of equipment
  • on-street operational guidance i.e. when to begin and end recording
  • legal implications of using such equipment

When they will be activated

The BWCs will be used in an overt manner. Before recording, officers will give a clear verbal instruction that recording is about to take place (unless in an emergency situation). The officer doesn't need to get consent before filming.
Civil Enforcement Officers will activate the camera when they:

  • have an engagement with a member of the public which, in the opinion of the officer, is confrontational and where they believe that they may be subject to physical or verbal abuse.
  • encounter a situation in which they are approached by a member of the public in a manner perceived as aggressive or threatening.

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