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All Frontline Met Officers To Get Body Cameras

Thursday 14th August 2014

All frontline officers working for the Met Police are going to routinely use body-worn cameras by 2016.

One of the cameras

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe announced that 16,000 uniformed officers who go out on patrol in London will all get cameras at a cost of around 9 million.

"It's important for policing to be transparent," Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe commented. "I would argue that this is going to be as significant a development as the involvement of lawyers, tape recorders and CCTV in detention areas and cells."

The cameras are being introduced in the wake of the death of Mark Duggan, who was fatally shot by a police marksman in August 2011. 

A trial of the cameras is already  taking place in ten London boroughs and has involved a small team of police marksmen. However, they cannot yet be used undercover - meaning they could not have been used in a situation similar to that of Mark Duggan's.

Last week pencil cameras were given to a uniformed armed unit, the Trojan Proactive Unit, which sends out armed teams to high-crime areas. They have already been used to record a confrontation with a man brandishing an iron bar.

Strategic firearms commander Superintendent Ian Hackett said: "The vast majority of firearms officers are very positive about this. They see it as long overdue, they've got nothing to hide.

"They want the public to see how they operate and to see the pressure that officers are under, and the split-second decision making."

Cameras are already being rolled out in new police vans, which are replaced every two to three years.