Police forces ought to release officers’s body cam footage of clashes with suspects and controversial stop-and-searches, the Home Secretary has demanded.
Priti Patel has written to Mark Hewitt, chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, backing a marketing campaign to release police body-worn video cameras (BWV) to guard officers from ‘unfair criticism’ on social media.
Ms Patel argued that on-line critics usually slam officers though they’ve ‘little understanding’ of the conditions that officers face, the Daily Express reported.
Home Secretary Priti Patel has reportedly despatched a letter backing a marketing campaign to release police body-worn video cameras (BWV) to guard officers from ‘unfair criticism’ on social media
Ms Patel reportedly advised police chiefs that ministers should do ‘no matter we will to guard’ officers ‘doing their jobs’, arguing that the actions of officers are ‘intentionally misrepresented’ in some social media movies.
In the letter, seen by the Daily Express, she wrote: ‘Decisions across the release of such footage are, of course, operational issues for particular person chiefs and should be taken on a case-by-case foundation with due consideration of the related authorized frameworks.
‘Nonetheless, I hope that steering will encourage forces to think about the welfare of officers in these conditions and, the place release of BWV footage just isn’t applicable, define different choices and good follow.
‘I might encourage forces to be proactive in contemplating the place BWV footage could be launched to reveal the nice work officers do and to point out that selective footage could be deceptive.’
This comes after a quantity of high-profile incidences the place officers have been accused of ‘racial profiling’.
Team GB sprinter Bianca Williams, 26, and her husband Ricardo dos Santos, 25, have been taken from their Mercedes and handcuffed in entrance of their three-month-old son.
It led the senior officer to saying ‘I’m sorry’ to the athlete and Met Police chief Cressida Dick echoing this apology at a Home Affairs committee.
Officers have been accused of racial profiling after British athlete Bianca Williams and Labour MP Dawn Butler (above) have been stopped on separate events by officers throughout visitors incidents
Labour MP Dawn Butler, 50, was additionally stopped in a BMW by police on a separate event, accusing officers of ‘racially profiling’ each her and the driving force.
Mike Cunningham, head of the College of Policing, has additionally backed the Police Federation marketing campaign which asks police forces to be ‘proactive’ in releasing footage.
But Met Police Deputy Commissioner Sir Steve House mentioned forces shouldn’t release police body cam footage, saying it might make them ‘look unhealthy’.
He mentioned: ‘The more and more routine trial by social media is unfair and damaging to particular person officers and has the potential to undermine the position our communities want us to do to guard them and hold them protected from violence.’
Addressing the Police Superintendents’ Association, he added that many ‘ways that we use for officer security’ can ‘frankly look unhealthy’.
Ms Patel claimed in her letter to Mr Hewitt that in some circumstances the actions of officers are ‘intentionally misrepresented’ or ‘edited’ when shared on social media.
She added: ‘This has a corrosive influence on the welfare of the officers concerned and on public confidence extra broadly.’
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