Body-worn Cameras Put Police Evidence Beyond Doubt
It's hard to argue with video evidence from a camera that records everything a police officer sees – and it keeps the cops in line too
Morrisville, N.C. - When a young man threatened to kill a police officer's children and bite off his nose in A&E at a hospital in Hampshire, UK, earlier this year, there was a chance his behaviour would go unpunished. After all, it was just his word against the officer's – except that the policeman was wearing a video camera that captured every word. The man was successfully prosecuted for threatening behaviour.
Welcome to the new era of policing and surveillance. The rise of body-worn video (BWV) is making life easier for police officers – but it could make sure they toe the line too. The camera used as evidence in this case was one of 450 that Hampshire police is now rolling out to its officers.
Footage from another BWV camera was also crucial when villagers reported a serial drink-driver in their midst, says Stephen Goodier, an inspector with Hampshire Constabulary. In court, the suspect claimed he had never been asked to take a breathalyser test, and so could not have refused to take one, as an officer alleged. But BWV footage clearly showed him refusing to take the test. "He was banned from driving," Goodier says. "When it is one person's word against that of another before a judge and jury, the body-worn camera is an independent witness."
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