Policing and Body-Worn Video Camera for Plain Clothes and Undercover Officers (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 5th June 2019.

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Photo of Unmesh Desai Unmesh Desai Labour

Are plain clothes police officers and undercover police officers equipped with body-worn video cameras?

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Body-Worn Video (BWV) is an overt recording device. If an officer is in a plain clothes role and not considered covert (i.e. a role that requires RIPA authorisation), then they must have a camera readily available to record any mandatory incident (e.g. any search, arrests, use of force, DA incidents etc).

Officers are instructed, before they leave Met premises, that they should make sure that when required, they are able to attach a BWV camera to their clothing so that it can easily be seen by members of the public. Officers must record their justification for not using a camera for mandatory recording incidents. Carrying out plain clothes work is not considered sufficient justification alone.

Officers in predominantly public facing roles (regardless of wearing uniform or not), are provided with a personally issued camera. Every other officer can use one of the “Pool Cameras” which are available on all Boroughs.