339 body-worn films retained

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Over three hundred films of people from the Londonderry area shot on body worn police cameras were retained for evidential purposes during a year long trial, which is now being evaluated prior to potential roll-out across the whole of Northern Ireland.

The PSNI announced in June 2014 that the new body-worn cameras were being rolled out in Londonderry as part of a pilot that could lead to their use everywhere.

It’s now provided further details of that trial, which ended in March 2015.

Forty-six of the new cameras were in use during the period of the trial.

The PSNI confirmed they were only used in one PSNI policing district - the now defunct G District, which was broken up in April.

Three hundred and thirty nine pieces of footage were retained for evidential purposes whilst all other film should have been destroyed within 31 days if it wasn’t needed for evidence. In June 2014 Superintendent Garry Eaton, G District Operations Manager, for example, told this paper footage filmed by cameras attached to PSNI officers’ uniforms would be deleted within 30 days if it wasn’t of ‘evidential’ importance, except on rare occasions.

“The findings will be evaluated and documented in consideration of a full roll out within the PSNI. The trial of the cameras started in June 2014,” the PSNI confirmed.