Multi-million pound investment sees more Lancashire Police officers get high-tech body cameras

Police officers in Lancashire are getting access to a new fleet of high-tech body cameras.

Wednesday, 25th November 2020, 3:45 pm

The multi-million-pound investment, funded by the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, will see more than 2,000 cameras being used across the force.

Body worn video (BWV) technology was first introduced in Lancashire in 2014, with a limited number of cameras being made available to operational staff.

The latest investment sees these cameras being replaced with a much larger pool of state-of-the-art equipment from Motorola, which is of higher quality and more reliable.

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Clive Grunshaw (centre), the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner, tests out the force’s new high-tech bodt cameras with Ch Insp Dave Hannan (right), the lead for Digital Transformation at Lancashire Constabulary, and police officer at Greenbank police station, Blackburn

They also include features such as an automatic 30-second video pre-record, so officers never miss the beginning of an incident.

Mass roll-out is underway throughout the force, with more than 1,200 officers trained in using the cameras so far.

To mark the launch, Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, visited one of the training sessions at Greenbank police station in Blackburn.

Chief Inspector Dave Hannan, who is the lead for Digital Transformation at Lancashire Constabulary, said: “This investment is about giving our officers the best tools we can for the job – making it quicker and more efficient and improving the quality of evidence – so we can provide a great service to victims and the public.”

Some of the new body cameras being deployed to Lancashire Police officers

Mr Grunshaw said: “It was great to see how body worn video will be used by Lancashire Police officers to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and to help with evidence gathering.

“Investment in technology is crucial to ensure that Lancashire Police has the modern tools to deal with policing challenges of the 21st Century.

“The roll out of this technology will be a vital tool in bringing offenders to justice, especially those who take part in crime that is naturally more difficult to prosecute such as domestic abuse and public order offences.”

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