Body cameras worn by Dorset Police are reducing crime

Body cameras worn by Dorset Police are reducing crime

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:15am 26th September 2019. (Updated at 8:17am 26th September 2019)

More than 900 body worn video cameras are now in use by police officers throughout Dorset.

The county’s police and crime commissioner, Martyn Underhill, says he has no doubt they have reduced crime and disorder and reduced the number of complaints against officers.

He said:

"This is a vital tool in evidence gathering, especially in cases of domestic violence and public disorder – things which can’t readily be captured in a written statement."

Police Car

Mr Underhill said the mere fact that an officer indicated he or she was wearing a camera was often enough to diffuse difficult situations.

He said that evidence from the cameras also had a crucial role to play when official complaints were made against officers.

The force currently has 913 body worn video camera, three years after a pilot project started in Bournemouth and was then rolled out across the county. 

Police Patrol

Since May this year they have also been issued to special constables.

An assessment on their effectiveness and whether or not they provided value for money is on-going and will be reported to the panel later in the year.

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter