Police issued with body worn cameras

Grampian Police is set to become the first Force in Scotland to give every on-duty officer access to pioneering body worn video camera technology.

Following a pilotin Aberdeen over the past 18 months, the scheme will now be rolled out across the Aberdeenshire divisions.

The Force will soon have enough cameras that every single operational officer, or pair of officers on duty, will have access to the equipment.

The cameras, which are smaller and lighter than a mobile phone, are worn on the upper body and have so far been utilised as part of a broad range of police work including city centre patrols, specific events, operations and during drugs search warrants.

They take clear and accurate digital images with sound which provides additional evidence.

Of the cases proceeded with by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service which used the video footage as evidence, more than 90% have resulted in an early guilty plea.

This, says the Force, has allowed substantial numbers of officers more time working in their communities and not abstracted to attend court.

Superintendent Nick Topping, who has overseen the body worn cameras project, said: “Throughout the pilot, we have been delighted by the difference the body worn video cameras have made. As an evidence-gathering tool they have surpassed our initial expectations and the results really do speak for themselves. By rolling out the project across the entire Force, every single officer or pair of officers on duty will now have access to this technology.