Armed Met Police officers in the UK to wear head-mounted cameras

Armed Met Police officers in the UK to wear head-mounted cameras

Armed Met Police officers in the UK to wear head-mounted cameras

Written by Keshala Dias

14 Aug, 2017 | 4:57 pm

Armed officers are to be issued with head-mounted cameras in an effort to provide “greater transparency” in police shootings, the Metropolitan Police says.

The cameras are being issued to officers from the Met’s Firearms Command, and will be fitted to their baseball caps and ballistic helmets.

The purpose of the move is to get a documented and an accurate account of situations.

The plans for head-mounted cameras for firearms officers were first suggested by previous Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe in 2014 in the wake of the death of 29-year-old Mark Duggan.

Statistics revealed there were six police armed fatalities recorded in 2016/17. It was the highest annual number since it began collecting the statistics in 2004.

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