Police Scotland's Use of Body Worn Video

Closed 24 Feb 2021

Opened 1 Feb 2021

Feedback updated 6 Oct 2021

We asked

We sought views that would help us shape the use of Body Worn Video (BWV) by armed policing officers when interacting with the public. We felt it was important to engage and involve individuals, communities, and our partners to gain their views and measure their confidence in how we use technology and continue to police by consent.

You said

We received almost 9,000 responses to our survey. This illustrated the large public interest in this topic and the public’s motivation to continue to be involved in the development of Police Scotland’s policies across both geographic and demographic communities, including a notable proportion of respondents: with a disability or long-term health condition (18%); currently employed by Police Scotland (15%); and under the age of 29 (17%).

We found that:

  • A large majority of respondents (73%) reported that the use of BWV would help them feel safer.
  • 58% respondents said they would feel “much safer” with a smaller number saying they would feel “slightly safer” (15%). A quarter reported it would make them feel “neither more or less safe”;
  • Nine in ten respondents reported that BWV should be used “always” (74%) or “often” (16%);
  • 78% of respondents reported that knowing interactions with the public are recorded would increase their trust and confidence in Police Scotland.

We did

Your views have informed the decision making process as we move forward to the next stage in the delivery of BWV to our armed police officers across Scotland.

We understand that we need to understand more about this topic before BWV is rolled out more widely. Further public engagement is being undertaken before we introduce BWV in other areas of policing, including for our response officers across local policing divisions. This engagement will involves our stakeholders, a public survey and focus groups with our diverse communities - all of which are already underway.

Overview

Overview

We are seeking views to help shape the use of Body Worn Video by our police officers when interacting with the public. The reasons for using Body Worn Video by police to record interactions with the public include:

•            improve the quality of interactions with the public;

•            reduce and resolve complaints;

•            increase officer safety;

•            reduce delays to justice; and

•            lead to greater public transparency.

It is important to us that we engage and involve individuals, communities, and our partners to gain their confidence in how we use technology and continue to police by consent.

This survey provides the opportunity for you to be part of an ongoing conversation to help shape the deployment of Body Worn Video in Scottish policing.  This starts with the use of Body Worn Video by our Armed Response Officers. 

The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete.

Thank you for taking the time to contribute to this priority area for Police Scotland. Your views are important to us.

Further public engagement will be undertaken before we introduce Body Worn Video in other areas of policing, including our response officers across our local policing divisions.  This engagement will involve our stakeholders, a public survey and focus groups with our diverse communities. 

Please note that this platform is not about reporting crime or providing information about an incident, or making a complaint. To find out ways to contact Police Scotland, please visit: https://www.scotland.police.uk/contact-us/.

For more information about Body Worn Video, please see: https://www.scotland.police.uk/about-us/body-worn-video/

 

 

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