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Body-worn videos: two case studies

Case studies on the Met Police and the West Midlands Police

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Two new case studies on the Met Police and the West Midlands Police highlight just how effective and efficient body-worn videos, partnered with, can be.

From cost effectiveness:

“Mindful that it was using taxpayer’s money, the Metropolitan Police Service focused not only on securing value for money for the cameras, but on creating a scalable and flexible long-term solution for storing, managing, retrieving and sharing digital evidence.” (Met Police study)

To training:

“Body-worn video is being used as a training tool for individual officers to support their development with senior officers able to use video footage to validate that officers’ target competencies have been achieved (without having to physically shadow them on the street).” (Met Police study)

To changing the psychology of confrontation, a strong sentiment shared by both case studies:

“A headline finding of the trial – with similar results in the full roll-out – was a 33% reduction in complaints. This shows how cameras change confrontation psychology: they’re highly visible and provide an irrefutable record – so it’s no longer just an officer’s word against a suspect’s.” (Met Police study)

“Cameras change the psychology of confrontation. They’re highly visible and act as a deterrent while it’s no longer an officer’s word against a suspect’s. We’re seeing a host of benefits.” (West Midlands study)

To injury reduction:

“The cameras are also delivering against a key goal with officers nearly 300 percent less likely to be injured when wearing a camera. This delivers a knock-on effect in reduced costs as the force does not need to pay for medical assistance or send officers to hospital to accompany injured colleagues. What’s more, complaints have fallen by 93 percent.” (West Midlands study)

And time savings:

“[In] one incident where a suspect dropped a complaint on seeing video [the] ‘case’ was over in 20 minutes when in the past it would have dragged on for months.” (West Midlands study)

Read the full case studies below for a clearer view of the benefits and relevant supporting statistics.