POLL: Police to wear cameras in Bexley, Bromley and Lewisham

Constable Yasa Amerat with one of the cameras.

Constable Yasa Amerat with one of the cameras.

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Police in Bexley, Bromley and Lewisham are to start wearing cameras on their uniforms as part of a new trial scheme.

Five hundred of the devices will be distributed to officers in seven other London boroughs as part of plans to both raise conviction rates and monitor officers’ conduct.

The pilot scheme will be implemented over the next few weeks in response to criticism of the Met over the shooting of Mark Duggan in Tottenham which sparked the London riots in August 2011.

The cameras will capture evidence at crime scenes and firearm officers will also use them in training.

Met commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: "Our experience of using cameras already shows that people are more likely to plead guilty when they know we have captured the incident.

“That speeds up justice, puts offenders behind bars more quickly and protects potential victims.

"Video captures events in a way that can't be represented on paper in the same detail and it has been shown the mere presence of this type of video can often defuse potentially violent situations without the need for force to be used.

“I believe it will also show our officers at their best, dealing with difficult and dangerous situations every day but it will also provide clearer evidence when it's been alleged that we got things wrong.

"That has to be in both our own and the public's interest."

The video above shows police dealing with a GBH incident. A person involved in a stabbing admits to the offence. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Have you been in a situation with police where you think cameras would have helped? Call us on 01689 885702 or e-mail tim.macfarlan@london.newsquest.co.uk

 

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8:25am Thu 8 May 14

PaulErith says...

I think it's a great idea.
I think it's a great idea. PaulErith
  • Score: 15

8:33am Thu 8 May 14

DollyG says...

Will more resources be needed to look at each camera record when officer finishes shift?
Will more resources be needed to look at each camera record when officer finishes shift? DollyG
  • Score: 25

9:22am Thu 8 May 14

shabina says...

will they record themselves being rude and abusive - or just when joe bloggs gets rude to them ... selective use !!!
will they record themselves being rude and abusive - or just when joe bloggs gets rude to them ... selective use !!! shabina
  • Score: 45

9:55am Thu 8 May 14

goldenbroomboy says...

"Speeds up justice" my bottom. It just helps to intimidate people into thinking that they have no chance of aquittal.

This is a tool for plod, not for the public.
"Speeds up justice" my bottom. It just helps to intimidate people into thinking that they have no chance of aquittal. This is a tool for plod, not for the public. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 18

11:23am Thu 8 May 14

white rabbit9 says...

Will the footage appear on youporn? public truely are getting shafted.
Will the footage appear on youporn? public truely are getting shafted. white rabbit9
  • Score: -40

11:27am Thu 8 May 14

white rabbit9 says...

How many police say they don't wanna be filmed, HYPOCRITE'S!
How many police say they don't wanna be filmed, HYPOCRITE'S! white rabbit9
  • Score: -35

11:56am Thu 8 May 14

Gypo.Joe says...

It's a win win for everyone, police and public.
It's a win win for everyone, police and public. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 40

12:10pm Thu 8 May 14

PaulErith says...

Absolutely agree with Joe. To those putting negative comments, at least back it up with some kind of argument. Currently, you get people who accuse the police of harassment. Some are probably true, and many are probably false. With filming, it becomes easier to prove/disprove such things in a timely manner. It can also help in providing hard evidence where a crime has been committed. I can't see a single negative in this!
Absolutely agree with Joe. To those putting negative comments, at least back it up with some kind of argument. Currently, you get people who accuse the police of harassment. Some are probably true, and many are probably false. With filming, it becomes easier to prove/disprove such things in a timely manner. It can also help in providing hard evidence where a crime has been committed. I can't see a single negative in this! PaulErith
  • Score: 5

12:20pm Thu 8 May 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Common sense from Paul.
Common sense from Paul. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 15

12:34pm Thu 8 May 14

PaulErith says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
Common sense from Paul.
You sound surprised! Are you suggesting I normally spout rubbish? :)
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Common sense from Paul.[/p][/quote]You sound surprised! Are you suggesting I normally spout rubbish? :) PaulErith
  • Score: 20

1:18pm Thu 8 May 14

Toolbox69 says...

Great idea, but I also agree with the comment that suggests police don't like being filmed. So, if they are filming me, I guess they won't mind me getting my phone out and doing likewise, just to ensure there is not an unfortunate "break" in their footage (and mine of course).
Great idea, but I also agree with the comment that suggests police don't like being filmed. So, if they are filming me, I guess they won't mind me getting my phone out and doing likewise, just to ensure there is not an unfortunate "break" in their footage (and mine of course). Toolbox69
  • Score: 7

1:19pm Thu 8 May 14

Toolbox69 says...

goldenbroomboy wrote:
"Speeds up justice" my bottom. It just helps to intimidate people into thinking that they have no chance of aquittal.

This is a tool for plod, not for the public.
Shouldn't it say "speeds justice up....my bottom"? :-)
[quote][p][bold]goldenbroomboy[/bold] wrote: "Speeds up justice" my bottom. It just helps to intimidate people into thinking that they have no chance of aquittal. This is a tool for plod, not for the public.[/p][/quote]Shouldn't it say "speeds justice up....my bottom"? :-) Toolbox69
  • Score: -35

3:01pm Thu 8 May 14

goldenbroomboy says...

Toolbox69 wrote:
Great idea, but I also agree with the comment that suggests police don't like being filmed. So, if they are filming me, I guess they won't mind me getting my phone out and doing likewise, just to ensure there is not an unfortunate "break" in their footage (and mine of course).
Police are routinely told by Magistrates that they may use their notes in court, try using your own sealed notes in court signed by an independent witness & see what response you get.
[quote][p][bold]Toolbox69[/bold] wrote: Great idea, but I also agree with the comment that suggests police don't like being filmed. So, if they are filming me, I guess they won't mind me getting my phone out and doing likewise, just to ensure there is not an unfortunate "break" in their footage (and mine of course).[/p][/quote]Police are routinely told by Magistrates that they may use their notes in court, try using your own sealed notes in court signed by an independent witness & see what response you get. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 30

3:17pm Thu 8 May 14

HearTheFacts says...

I would not trust the police on Bexley to wear a dunces hat, let aloan a camera.
I would not trust the police on Bexley to wear a dunces hat, let aloan a camera. HearTheFacts
  • Score: 30

3:49pm Thu 8 May 14

PaulErith says...

HearTheFacts wrote:
I would not trust the police on Bexley to wear a dunces hat, let aloan a camera.
Why is there so much negativity aimed at the police? They do a difficult job, and in my lifetime, I would say that my personal experiences with them has been good.
[quote][p][bold]HearTheFacts[/bold] wrote: I would not trust the police on Bexley to wear a dunces hat, let aloan a camera.[/p][/quote]Why is there so much negativity aimed at the police? They do a difficult job, and in my lifetime, I would say that my personal experiences with them has been good. PaulErith
  • Score: 20

4:04pm Thu 8 May 14

sarfflondonbird says...

So long as there are no 'directors cuts' when producing this camcording as evidence in cases, and as posted above, the police don't mind if we film them at the same time, can't see that there should be a problem. In fairness to both police and 'Joe public' is got to work both ways.
So long as there are no 'directors cuts' when producing this camcording as evidence in cases, and as posted above, the police don't mind if we film them at the same time, can't see that there should be a problem. In fairness to both police and 'Joe public' is got to work both ways. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: -10

6:15pm Thu 8 May 14

HearTheFacts says...

PaulErith wrote:
HearTheFacts wrote:
I would not trust the police on Bexley to wear a dunces hat, let aloan a camera.
Why is there so much negativity aimed at the police? They do a difficult job, and in my lifetime, I would say that my personal experiences with them has been good.
I would suggest you check the website:
www.bexley-is-bonker
s.com
Then you may understand, who controls Bexley police. It's Bexley Council, so go and check some facts!.
[quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HearTheFacts[/bold] wrote: I would not trust the police on Bexley to wear a dunces hat, let aloan a camera.[/p][/quote]Why is there so much negativity aimed at the police? They do a difficult job, and in my lifetime, I would say that my personal experiences with them has been good.[/p][/quote]I would suggest you check the website: www.bexley-is-bonker s.com Then you may understand, who controls Bexley police. It's Bexley Council, so go and check some facts!. HearTheFacts
  • Score: 22

7:06pm Sat 10 May 14

Bestbaz says...

Wonder what the police would say if you filmed them ? and used that as evidence against them ?
Wonder what the police would say if you filmed them ? and used that as evidence against them ? Bestbaz
  • Score: 15

2:25pm Tue 13 May 14

Virtual-Monster says...

I think they should record using a camera from the moment Police Officers put on their uniform at the start of their shift until the moment they take the uniform off. They would prove to be an excellent record of both any incidents and of course officers activities during the day.
I think they should record using a camera from the moment Police Officers put on their uniform at the start of their shift until the moment they take the uniform off. They would prove to be an excellent record of both any incidents and of course officers activities during the day. Virtual-Monster
  • Score: 2

6:37pm Tue 13 May 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Virtual-Monster wrote:
I think they should record using a camera from the moment Police Officers put on their uniform at the start of their shift until the moment they take the uniform off. They would prove to be an excellent record of both any incidents and of course officers activities during the day.
Surely you would let them turn the camera off when they wuz in the chip shop filling their chubby chops, or the bakers buying pasties doughnuts.
[quote][p][bold]Virtual-Monster[/bold] wrote: I think they should record using a camera from the moment Police Officers put on their uniform at the start of their shift until the moment they take the uniform off. They would prove to be an excellent record of both any incidents and of course officers activities during the day.[/p][/quote]Surely you would let them turn the camera off when they wuz in the chip shop filling their chubby chops, or the bakers buying pasties doughnuts. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 30

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