Police Scotland agrees £13.3m deal for body-worn cameras

Police Scotland agrees £13.3m deal for body-worn cameras

Police Scotland has agreed a national contract to implement body worn video for frontline officers and staff across Scotland over the next three years.

Motorola was successful in securing the £13.3 million contract, which entails the purchase of 10,500, Home Office-approved VB400 cameras and supporting back-office systems.

Since taking command in October 2023, chief constable Jo Farrell has prioritised body-worn video.

The equipment is intended to help de-escalate incidents, improve public trust in policing and reduce complaints, support officer and staff safety, and bring wider benefits to the criminal justice system.

Deputy chief constable Jane Connors said: “The introduction of body worn video will transform policing in Scotland and a national roll-out is a key priority for the Chief Constable.

“Body worn video can significantly enhance public confidence and support officer and public safety by providing effective and transparent evidence of police and public actions.

“Body worn video will also improve the quality of evidence presented in court to deliver faster justice for victims by increasing early guilty pleas and reducing time spent at court for victims, witnesses and police officers.

“We know there is strong public and partner support for body worn video in Scotland and we will continue to explain policing’s use of this important technology, including assurance around data privacy and human rights considerations.

“Appointing a supplier is an important step and we are working at pace with Motorola Solutions to ensure that body worn video is embedded effectively for frontline officers and staff as soon as possible.

“We also want to maximise the benefits of body worn video for the wider criminal justice system to improve efficiencies and experiences for victims and we are working with Motorola and partners to that end.

“This is a complex programme of work, but appointing a supplier is a big step forward and we’ll continue to share details as progress is made.”

Justice Secretary Angela Constance said: “I am pleased that the Scottish government’s record police funding of £1.55 billion for Police Scotland this year has meant that a national contract has been awarded which will introduce body worn video for officers and staff.

“Body worn video can increase public confidence in policing, protect officers’ safety and support the investigation and prosecution of crime, benefitting victims and witnesses and the general public.

“I welcome the chief constable’s assurance that the national roll-out is a key priority.”

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