Police forces rely on body-worn cameras to improve the safety and accountability of their frontline teams, capture evidence and maintain transparency. In the first three months of lockdown, UK police forces saw a 21 percent increase in assaults on their officers, according to a study published by the Press Association, which put greater demands on frontline staff and public safety organisations.
To effectively respond to these challenges, Lancashire Constabulary has deployed technology from Motorola Solutions, including 2100 VB400 body-worn cameras, which are fully integrated into the Pronto digital policing application. The cameras will be used alongside a back-end evidence management software solution across the force in order to securely manage and process captured evidence.
“This investment is about giving our officers the best tools we can for the job, making it quicker and more efficient and improving the quality of evidence, so we can provide a great service to citizens”, said Dave Hannan, Chief Inspector at Lancashire Constabulary. “The roll out of this technology will be a vital tool in bringing offenders to justice, especially those who take part in crime that is naturally more difficult to prosecute such as domestic abuse and public order offences.”
Before using the integrated body-worn camera solution, Lancashire Constabulary recorded different clips throughout their shift and tagged them back at the station when their shift ended – a time consuming and highly manual procedure that could lead to delays or inaccuracies. The integration of the VB400 cameras with the Pronto digital policing application increases efficiency: Lancashire Constabulary frontline teams can now view lists of recordings stored on the camera, tag the recording using data from their Pronto app and link to incidents on-the-go.
The new technology helps Lancashire’s police officers to significantly speed up decision-making, capture evidence and maintain accountability and transparency both within and between departments and communities. The Motorola Solutions body-worn camera solution provides an automatic 30 second video pre-recording feature so that officers are assured they will not miss the beginning of an incident.
The Motorola Solutions VB400 body-worn camera is a lightweight, rugged recording device designed to protect public safety officials and the public. This integrated solution features Wi-Fi streaming and Bluetooth Sensor Monitoring to deliver a powerful mix of capabilities to live stream from the camera to a video management application and Pronto digital policing application software.
Motorola Solutions’ Pronto digital policing application software was originally developed in collaboration with police officers in the early 2000s and is a leading digital policing application. It is being used by 19 police forces and over 50,000 officers across the UK.