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article imagePolice to wear cameras in hope of greater transparency

By Joe Z Hudson     Jan 9, 2014 in Crime
London - In the wake of the Mark Duggan lawful killing verdict, the Metropolitan Police have announced all firearm-wielding officers will be equipped with video cameras.
It comes in a move to promote transparency within the force that has been rocked in recent days following the clearing of police officers over the shooting of Mark Duggan in Tottenham in August 2011.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe announced the trial initiative to increase the confidence in a service which has lost confidence with many Londoners, especially those from ethnic backgrounds.
Indeed, confidence has become so low that Duggan's mother Pam has said she would no longer call the police if she needed help.
The Met's scheme has been based on that of the Rialto Police Department, near Los Angeles, who were the first to run the system in 2012.
A Police Chief told The Guardian: When you know you're being watched you behave a little better. That's just human nature, as an officer you act a bit more professional, follow the rules a bit better.
Sir Bernard also said the use of body worn cameras would greatly aid investigations and allow officers to be more open when cases come to trial.
As well as video cameras, Sir Bernard is to meet with community leaders within Tottenham and London as a whole to see what other ways the police can greater build links within the city.
The Commisioner said to The Independent:I know that we have much work to do with black Londoners to build trust and confidence in the Metropolitan Police.
”We know that the arguments will continue about what happened in this case. So we appeal for a balanced debate about the risks to the public from gun-crime.
“My officers do not set out to run an operation that results in someone dying. They are brave people who risk their own lives to keep the public safe. Like me, they will never stop trying to reduce the risk of injury or worse. But they can only so if we continue to have the support of all communities in London.
As of yet there have been no further announcements on what sections will wear the cameras or indeed when they will be introduced.
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