Body worn cameras to start rolling across Cheshire Date published: 7th August 2017 2.03pm

Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane has agreed to a force-wide roll out of Body Worn Video.

The decision follows the early success of issuing the Constabulary’s firearms officers with the cameras.

Body Worn Video will be made available to all frontline officers in what will be a phased roll-out. More details about the project will be made available in the coming months. 

Chief Constable Simon Byrne said: “This is an important step forward to give officers kit that will support them in their role.

“Body Worn Video (BWV) significantly improves the opportunity for officers to gather good evidence, while feedback from other forces shows that their use promotes public reassurance, modifies people’s behaviour, prevents harm and often deters people from committing crime and anti-social behaviour.

“The officers dock the device when they return to the station and the footage is automatically stored on the force’s central records.”

Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane added: "One of my key policing priorities is to have a police service fit for the future and this is a huge step towards achieving that objective.

“The use of body worn video for our officers is an excellent addition to their kit and this technology will help improve the effectiveness of policing in Cheshire.

"The camera provides instant evidence which can help speed up the criminal justice system.

"In real terms this means that a great deal of time and money will be saved for both Cheshire Constabulary and the courts.”