Body Worn Video Cameras (BWV) are miniature cameras with microphones that can be used to record video and audio evidence of events encountered by users.
When worn overtly, BWV can act as a deterrent to criminal conduct because, knowing they are being recorded on video (and the associated increased prospects of being identified, prosecuted and convicted) makes it less likely that parties to a situation will behave illegally. This includes those wearing the BWV. The availability of video evidence of an incident increases transparency of the processes carried out and greatly reduces the scope for false allegations and malicious complaints.
BWV recordings can also speed up complaint investigation and resolution and, in addition, result in guilty pleas being entered earlier in proceedings and stronger sentences too.
Note: BWV recordings can be used in disciplinary cases and also to develop and improve staff training
User feedback on BWV has been positive
Feedback from ‘frontline’ BWV Users has generally been positive, with many praising the benefits not only in terms of overall violence reduction but also how much better protected they are against vexatious and malicious complaints when incidents are recorded.
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Training for BWV Users
Research shows Body Worn Video cameras can INCREASE the risk of a violent response, as well as, reduce the risks.
The difference is in how, where and when recording is activated and it’s not something covered in the training provided by CCTV suppliers (i.e. which just teach operation, care and maintenance.)
BWV Users need to be aware of how to reduce the risks.
This short, self-study e-learning course informs learners on best practice and relevant law.