Body worn cameras - 078/15
Dated: 31 Jul 2015
Date of request: 21/01/15
Date of response: 10/02/15
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 21 January 2015 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.
As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
1.) How many body worn cameras (bodycams) are currently in use by your force? If possible please supply this data for 2015 (current or most recent figure), January 2014 and January 2013.
2.) Are there plans to increase the number of bodycams in the near future? In which case can we know the details please?
3.) How much money has been spent on body worn cameras since January 2014? Please include any money provided by the force, provided through the Home Office innovation fund or through other sources.
4.) Under current guidance from the College of Policing any footage obtained from body worn cameras should be deleted after 31 days unless it is needed as evidence. Could you tell us how many times, in 2014, bodycam footage was retained for more than 31 days for evidential purposes?
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted within Northumbria Police.
I can confirm that the information you have requested is held.
I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.
January 2013 : 6 bodycams in use
January 2014 : 46 bodycams in use
January 2015 : 64 bodycams in use
2. There are no current plans to extend the use of bodycams.
3. The amount spent on body worn cameras since January 2014 is £7,635.
4.The number of times bodycam footage was retained for evidential purposes for more than 31 days in 2014 was 3199.
Further information which may be of interest to you regarding body worn cameras can be found on the Northumbria police website.
In order to assist I have provided the link to the website below.
Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another. Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data. For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.
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