Police: Cameras

Home Office written question – answered on 2nd July 2015.

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Photo of Lord Harris of Haringey Lord Harris of Haringey Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the data storage requirements arising from the increasing use of body-worn camera technology by the police.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Home Department

The Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and chief officers will make the decisions on how technology will be used by officers at a local level, including the data storage requirements arising from increased use of body worn videos.

Although storage solutions are an operational issue for policing, we are clear more needs to be done to enable forces to utilise body worn video in the most effective way to ensure that data can flow smoothly throughout the criminal justice system. This is why we are working with policing to embed interoperability between forces and encouraging the use of common standards. These standards will support data sharing across the criminal justice system, including policing, in a way that anyone can access and understand. Open standards along with the work of the Police ICT Company, will help to create an open and active market to deliver better value for police ICT spend.

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