Manchester cops to strap on 3K bodycams

Just a few days after a counter-terrorism incident which involved precisely zero terrorists, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has started to deploy 3,000 body-worn video (BWV) cameras to its coppers.

After enabling the evacuation of 75,000-seater Old Trafford on the final day of the Premier League, for what turned out to be a dummy bomb left by “absolutely devastated” security firm boss Chris Reid, a former Metropolitan Police officer, GMP has begun to roll out the BWV project in which it has invested almost £2m.

The Manchester Evening News reported that this included “£1m for the cameras and a further £855,000 for maintenance and digital storage costs over the next three years.”

The high-definition footage captured by the 3,000 BWV devices will be “kept for a month on a UK ‘cloud’ managed by an outside company which police bosses are confident will be secure,” MENreported.

Officers collect their camera at the start of every shift, with any footage automatically downloaded on their return at the end of the day. Footage will be stored for 31 days unless required for evidence, in which case it can be saved for as long as required.

Recordings that do contain evidential material will be retained in line with existing legislation and best practice guidelines, The Register was informed, with the Data Protection Act and Management of Police Information programme cited. The force’s press officers were unable to carry out a full enquiry regarding the legislative oversight of this project before publication.

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