Armed Met Police officers to wear head-mounted cameras

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Trials are underneath approach on how cameras can be used in clandestine operations

Armed officers are to be released with head-mounted cameras in a bid to yield “greater transparency” in military shootings, a Met Police says.

The Met – a UK’s largest military force – pronounced officers in a armed response units will have cameras propitious to ball caps and ballistic helmets.

It will give “a documented and accurate account” of situations, a Met added.

Armed officers had trialled body-mounted cameras, though in 2015 they were criticised as “unfit-for-purpose”.

Their introduction followed criticisms of a Met over a genocide of Mark Duggan, who was shot by armed officers in Aug 2011, sparking riots opposite England.

However, a force pronounced it was still examining how cameras could be used in such clandestine operations.

‘World’s largest rollout’

The new cameras will be ragged by officers who lift an “overt” firearm.

The military watchdog, a Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), pronounced during a hearing a positioning of a cameras on officers’ bodies had vaporous and impacted on a a peculiarity of some footage.

The Met says it has motionless that since of a approach armed military operate, conduct cameras are a improved option.

The firearms authority will accept around 1,000 cameras, a force added, observant it was partial of “the largest rollout of physique ragged cameras by military in a world”.

‘Greater transparency’

Commander Matt Twist pronounced armed officers “very most welcome” a cameras.

“It provides a documented and accurate comment of a threats officers face and a separate second decisions they make,” he said.

“The cameras also offer larger clarity for those in front of a camera as good as those behind it.”

Body-mounted cameras have already been released to frontline officers in 30 of a 32 London boroughs, as good as to officers from a roads and ride units, a territorial support organisation and a dog unit.

The deployment of 22,000 cameras, that do not henceforth record, is expected to be finish by a finish of October, a force added.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, pronounced cameras were “a outrageous step brazen in bringing a capital’s military force into a 21st century and building trust and certainty in a city’s policing”.

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