Body-worn video cameras

Our body-worn video cameras provide a deterrent against anti-social behaviour and other incidents, and provide us with a way to gather evidence for the courts.

Body worn

How the cameras are used

Our body-worn video (BWV) cameras help reduce crime on the railway by:

  • Acting as a robust deterrent to antisocial behaviour
  • Detecting crime
  • Prosecuting more people efficiently: the footage is used as evidence in court
  • Helping officers to identify suspects: video footage can be used in media appeals
  • Officers spending more time out in the community and less time in court and on paperwork
  • Aiding community engagement.

BWV footage has been used to provide stronger evidence in court which, in turn, increases guilty pleas and helps secure stronger sentences.

Improving policing and deterring crime

Superintendent Matthew Wratten from BTP, said:

“BWV cameras will be used when there is an evidence gathering opportunity. They will help to:

  • Ensure processes are fair and transparent
  • Support  public confidence
  • Improve the criminal justice process by providing additional evidence in the form of BWV footage of incidents attended all over the UK.”

BWV will seek to achieve the following key strategic benefits:

  • Increase the capture of best evidence at the scene of a crime or incident
  • Increase officer confidence and empowerment
  • Increase wider public confidence
  • Reduce number of complaints