Feeds

Police watchdog urges use of data recorders

'Black box' for police vehicles

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Data recorders should be fitted to all police vehicles, says a report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The IPCC has made the recommendation as one of several in a study on serious and fatal injuries from police road traffic incidents, published on 19 September 2007.

Data recorders capture the speed at which a police vehicle is travelling at the end of an incident, along with the use of brakes, sirens, and lights. Some models can also capture more information about the time preceding the incident.

In a sample of police vehicles leading a pursuit, 33 per cent were fitted with a data recorder, 10 per cent were not, and it was not stated for the remainder. Of the vehicles which had a recorder, data could be downloaded in 29 out of 34 incidents.

The report says data recorders not only provide independent evidence when something goes wrong, but they can also corroborate or invalidate evidence from witnesses. The IPCC also suggests that their use could deter police officers from taking unnecessary or dangerous actions.

Video recording equipment is also available to police, although it is more common in specialist traffic vehicles. Cameras can capture evidence of the behaviour of other road users during the incident and record the commentary of officers in the vehicle.

Video recording cameras should be fitted to all vehicles used by traffic officers, the report adds. To ensure equipment works properly, checks should be made prior to officers taking a vehicle out, and they should not be turned off during an incident.

This article was originally published at Kablenet.

Kablenet's GC weekly is a free email newsletter covering the latest news and analysis of public sector technology. To register click here.

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Big Content outs piracy hotbeds: São Paulo, Beijing ... TORONTO?
MPAA calls Canadians a bunch of bootlegging movie thieves
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET
Cupertino revenue hit by cheapo downloads, says report
US court SHUTS DOWN 'scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff'
Netizens allegedly duped into paying for bogus tech advice
Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report
Hang on, Ed wasn't here when we compiled THIS document
Verizon bankrolls tech news site, bans tech's biggest stories
No agenda here. Just don't ever mention Net neutrality or spying, ok?
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.