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Funding to add more than 1,000 body worn cameras

Northamptonshire Police have asked young robbery victims to come forward

Northamptonshire Police have asked young robbery victims to come forward

Additional funding is set to boost the number of body worn video cameras in use across Bedfordsire Police.

Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins revealed that a bid for funding has been approved by the Home Office Police Innovation Fund.

Bedfordshire Police, which has been trialing the technology since June 2013, announced in May this year that it had completed the roll-out of 60 body worn video cameras for use by frontline police officers across the county.

This latest funding injection will enable 1,179 more units to be purchased for use in Bedfordshire and across the joint units organised with
Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

The data captured will be fully networked but secure and auditable, accessed by authorised stakeholders alone in a way that negates the use of potentially uncontrolled media, such as DVDs or memory sticks.

The cameras offer numerous benefits, not least in helping to solve crime - in Bedfordshire earlier this month, a man who had given the police false details was identified from the video footage, enabling appropriate action to be taken.

 

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