London Met Police Extend Body-Worn Cameras Pilot (9/30/14)
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 | Comments, a business unit of TASER International, was selected by the London Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to provide another 500 AXON cameras as part of the ongoing pilot led by the Mayor's Office of Policing and Crime (MOPAC). The evidence collected from the cameras will continue to be securely stored and managed through the platform.

As previously announced, the London Met is expanding its 18-month pilot with an additional 500 cameras. Initially rolled out to 10 London boroughs, a portion of the 500 additional cameras will be deployed to firearms officers, including those of the Trojan Proactive Unit. This will be the largest body-worn camera pilot program of AXON cameras in the world with 1,000 units deployed.

During the pilot program, MOPAC and the College of Policing will assess a number of outcomes including criminal justice outcomes, complaints against police, use of force by police, amount of time saved in administration tasks and the impact on public confidence through the use of cameras.

"Body-worn video is already proving its value to policing in London,” said MPS Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, who oversees the pilot. “Daily we hear of incidents where the presence of the camera has provided additional evidence towards solving a crime or has validated an officer's account of what has happened."

The new cameras will be deployed to uniformed firearms officers and to members of the Territorial Support Group among others to further the scope of the pilot and extend the opportunity for officers to assess their value.

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