South Yorkshire Police roll out body Worn Video Cameras

South Yorkshire Police officers and PCSOs will soon be equipped with the latest Body Worn Video (BWV) cameras.

The £1 million scheme has been given the go ahead following a successful trial involving the force’s firearms officers.

The innovative cameras will be used to in an attempt to help capture evidence, reduce malicious complaints and protect frontline officers from physical attacks.

Chief Superintendent Robert Odell is overseeing the rollout of the cameras at South Yorkshire Police.

Mr Odell said: “As our rollout commences, members of the public may start to see our officers wearing BWV. We strongly believe that issuing our staff with the cameras will make a big difference to not only the safety of our officers, but members of the public too.”

BWV cameras are small, visible devices that are worn attached to the officers uniform, usually on the chest and captures both video and audio evidence. The Metropolitan Police equipped its officers with BWV cameras back in 2016 and now other police forces are following in their footsteps.

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Commissioner said: “I welcome this development. Experience elsewhere suggests three important reasons for police wearing cameras. It helps the police to maintain their own standards of professional conduct, it makes people who come into contact with the police think twice about their behaviour and it captures evidence that stands up in court.”

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