Rain

Rain

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 9°C

Search

Essex: Officers to trial video cameras to help improve domestic abuse evidence

11:50 07 January 2014

Essex Police to begin video camera trial for domestic violence incidents

Essex Police to begin video camera trial for domestic violence incidents

Archant © 2007

Police officers in Essex are set to trial body-worn video cameras to help tackle domestic abuse.

The three-month trial which starts on January 17 will see the force working closely with researchers from the College of Policing.

Essex Police are aiming to improve the quality of evidence that is gathered when officers initially attend incidents of domestic abuse.

Chief Inspector Nick Lee, from Response and Patrol, is leading the implementation of the cameras.

He said: “The trial will use equipment already owned by the force, but will focus its use in a new way.

“We want to find out if video evidence will lead to more convictions for domestic violence and in particular cases where victims are too frighten to give evidence themselves.

“Initially 80 officers from Response and Patrol will be given a body-worm camera and will be expected to have these turned on whenever they attend an incident of domestic abuse.

“The College of Policing will then look at the results of the video captured cases compared to those that have no video.

“This is a great opportunity for Essex Police to lead the way in evidence based policing and improve our approach to tackling domestic abuse.”

College of Policing head of research and analysis, Rachel Tuffin, said: “As the first professional body for the service, the College of Policing is responsible for working with forces to assess if the cameras make a difference and building an evidence base to share across policing.

“The results from the trial in Essex, along with those from other forces, will identify how body-worn video will be used to improve the delivery of policing services for the public.

“It will also help police and crime commissioners and chief officers decide how best to use this technology locally across 43 forces in England and Wales.”

Nick Alston, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex said: “For complex and varied reasons, victims of domestic abuse are sometimes reluctant to give evidence against the person who has caused them harm.

“Equipping officers attending domestic abuse incidents with body-worn cameras means that evidence will often be captured automatically and directly.

“I fully support using technology to help ensure that there is no hiding place for those who commit domestic abuse.”

0 comments

Lola the cat has been subjected to a horrific attack, which include having her ears cut off. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The owner of a pet cat who had its ears cut in what has been described as a “horrific” attack has spoken out to warn others.

Final Resting Place by Matthew Clarke, which is in this year's Ipswich and District Photographic Society exhibition. Picture: Matthew Clarke

More than 40 photographers will be exhibiting hundreds of images for this year’s Ipswich and District Photographic Society exhibition.

A bid to save the creche services at Ipswich sports centres failed.

Council tax bills in Ipswich will go up by 2.7% from April.

Ed Sheeran attending the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 22, 2017. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire. Editorial Use Only - No Merchandising

Suffolk’s hit-making chart star, Ed Sheeran, wowed the audience at this year’s Brit Awards with a rendition of his most recent hits.

Elvis Fair leaving Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: Archant

A woman paid an alleged conman from Suffolk who claimed to be a helicopter pilot £300 for a flying lesson for her daughter that never took place, it has been claimed.

UK Power Networks at work in Gainsborough Road, Felixstowe (stock image). Picture: James Fletcher

Extra electricians will be on hand tomorrow in case strong winds cause damage to the region’s power system.

The Orwell Bridge is likely to close on February 23 because of high winds caused by Storm Doris. Picture: MICK WEBB

The Orwell Bridge is likely to be shut tomorrow as winds of up to 70mph batter parts of Suffolk and north Essex.

Thousands of motorists were affected by the rush hour closure of the Orwell Bridge in November 2016

Motorists could be facing travel chaos in and around Ipswich tomorrow as high winds threaten to close part of the A14.

Rubbish found at Church Lane in Sproughton

A 36-year-old man from Ipswich has been prosecuted for fly-tipping just outside the town during 2016.

Storm clouds are gathering over Suffolk as Storm Doris approaches, with an amber weather warning issued for Thursday, February 23. Picture: Sarah Lucy Brown

A storm is set to hit Suffolk and north Essex tomorrow – the not-quite-so-terrifyingly-named Storm Doris.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24