Police must properly engage with the public on body camera trial

As a Freedom Of Information request revealed that just one person has given feedback to the Metropolitan Police's consultation of the use of body-worn cameras by officers, Caroline Pidgeon said:

“The technology should make the police more accountable to the public and help route out police malpractices committed by a very small minority of police officers.

“I think it gives the public confidence in policing too. At the same time the technology can assist the police in providing robust visual and audible evidence to the CPS and to courts, therefore making huge cost savings. In many respects the technology should be a win-win for everyone.

“However the use of the cameras is nonetheless an important new development in policing and the public should be fully informed and able to comment on this trial.

“It would appear that the Met are failing to engage with the public and properly publicise this trial. I hope they will urgently review this.”

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