Hillingdon police get 250 video cameras to help 'speed up justice'

About 250 body worn video cameras have been issued to police in Hillingdon.

The recording devices, pictured above, “speed up justice”, put more offenders behind bars and potentially defuse delicate situations, police chiefs have said.

The borough’s police force trialled a scheme about a year ago.

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Inspector Marlise Davies, pictured below, told Hillingdon is Here the cameras had already proved particularly successful in domestic abuse cases, with an increase in earlier guilty pleas from offenders who know they have have been recorded.

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Inspector Davies, who heads up policing in the west of Hillingdon Borough, said: “The technology offers greater transparency for those in front of the camera as well as behind it. Residents can feel reassured during their interactions with the police, whilst allowing us to demonstrate the professionalism of our officers in the many challenging and contentious interactions, such as the use of stop and search.
“The cameras will be worn attached to the officer's uniform and will not be permanently recording. This ensures that interactions with the public are not unnecessarily impeded.
“Members of the public will be told as soon as practical that they are being recorded and when the camera is recording, it is highly visibly - notable by a flashing red circle in the centre of the camera and a frequent beeping noise when the camera is activated. Please don’t be worried when you see officers recording.”


A launch day was held earlier this month.

Inspector Davies emphasised that all footage recorded on the cameras is subject to legal safeguards and guidance.

Footage is automatically uploaded to secure servers once the device has been docked, and flagged for use as evidence at court or other proceedings. A video that is not retained as evidence or for a policing purpose is automatically deleted within 31 days, she explained.

If the public wish to view footage taken of them they can request, in writing, to obtain it under freedom of information, data protection laws. It must be within 31 days, unless it has been marked as policing evidence and therefore retained.

Hillingdon Borough Commander Nick Downing, pictured below, said: “The evidence we can get from body worn video is brilliant and not only that, but it has additional bonuses for us and the community. It increases confidence in policing 100%.”

Complaints have reduced for officers wearing cameras, he said.

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Boris Johnson, pictured above, Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP, has said: “This is exciting technology that will build trust, help the police do their jobs, and allow the public to hold officers more accountable.”

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