Metropolitan Police announces trial of body worn cameras

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe today announced that the Metropolitan Police are trialling body-worn cameras across 10 London boroughs

 

Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of national domestic violence charity Refuge, says:

Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of Refuge

“Refuge welcomes any initiative that will increase the conviction rate of perpetrators of domestic violence. Body worn cameras can be a useful tool to help police officers collect evidence at the scene of the crime. However, equipment alone will not save lives. The police already have the resources to collect photographic evidence at domestic violence incidents, but, in many cases, they fail to do so. In one case, police photographs of a woman’s injuries were deemed inadmissible in court because they were judged to be too poor quality.

“Every single week two women are killed by a current or former partner. Many of the women Refuge supports tell us that they have felt ignored, dismissed and trivialised by the police. This canteen culture of negative attitudes must be stamped out. The police must improve its response to victims of domestic violence at every level: arresting and charging violent men; investigating allegations; collecting evidence; undertaking risk assessments; and taking proactive, rigorous steps to keep women and children safe. The police must get the basics right first.”

 

Refuge is calling on the Government to open a public inquiry into the police and state response to domestic violence. We are urging members of the public to support our petition.