Dear Kent County Council,

I am writing to make an open government request for all the
information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000.

Please send me:

The details of your use of body cameras in your organisation –

Does anyone (staff or contractors) in your organisation use/wear body cameras or body worn video recording devices while performing their duties?
If yes, please detail:
Who provides the body cameras and footage/evidence management used by your organisation?
How many staff members use body cameras and what capacities/teams do they work in? Are they staff or contractors (for e.g. outsourced security personnel)
How many body cameras in all are currently owned and/or used by your organisation?
Were the cameras bought as a one off purchase and if so, how much did they cost your organisation?
If they are part of an ongoing contract - what is the current contract term (how long is it and when does it expire) and what is the value of said contract?
Where is the data recorded stored – on premises locally or on cloud?
Who is the point of contact for your body camera programme?

I would like the above information to be provided to me via email.

If this request is too wide or unclear, I would be grateful if you
could contact me as I understand that under the Act, you are
required to advise and assist requesters. If any of this
information is already in the public domain, please can you direct
me to it, with page references and URLs if necessary.

If the release of any of this information is prohibited on the
grounds of breach of confidence, I ask that you supply me with
copies of the confidentiality agreement and remind you that
information should not be treated as confidential if such an
agreement has not been signed.

I understand that you are required to respond to my request within
the 20 working days after you receive this letter.

I would be grateful if you could confirm that you have received
this request, preferably via email.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Lucy Johnson

Kent County Council

Dear Ms Johnson

 

Thank you for your email below.

 

Kent County Council acknowledges your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Assuming KCC holds this information, we
will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as possible but no later
than 18^th January 2018 (20 working days from date of receipt).

 

We will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this information
or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs for providing
the information. Please quote our reference - FOI/17/2156 - in any
communication regarding this particular request.

 

Best regards,

 

Peter Wylie | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Room 2.87, Sessions House, Maidstone | Tel 03000
415563 | Fax 03000 420303 |
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...

 

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Kent County Council

Dear Ms Johnson

 

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) 2000, relating to Body worn cameras. I am pleased
to provide the response below:

 

Does anyone (staff or contractors) in your organisation use/wear body
cameras or body worn video recording devices while performing their
duties?

 

The Trading Standards Service staff wear body cameras for specific
operations where the usage is authorised by an Operational Manager.

 

If yes, please detail:

Who provides the body cameras and footage/evidence management used by your
organisation?

 

The cameras are the property of KCC, maintained by the Trading Standards
Service. Evidence is obtained, secured and disposed of (when appropriate)
by the Trading Standards Service.

 

How many staff members use body cameras and what capacities/teams do they
work in? Are they staff or contractors (for e.g. outsourced security
personnel) How many body cameras in all are currently owned and/or used by
your organisation?

 

The Trading Standards Service maintains 10 cameras. The whole Service has
access to the cameras subject to authorised usage. Contractors have not
thus far used the cameras.

 

Were the cameras bought as a one off purchase and if so, how much did they
cost your organisation?

 

Yes they were a one off purchase. The cameras cost £110 each + VAT.

 

If they are part of an ongoing contract - what is the current contract
term (how long is it and when does it expire) and what is the value of
said contract?

 

There is no ongoing contact .

 

Where is the data recorded stored – on premises locally or on cloud?

 

Data recorded will always form part of ongoing criminal investigations.
Data is stored on KCC systems in accordance with the Authorities Data
governance requirements. Furthermore, footage may be copied to discs for
producing into criminal proceedings – these discs are stored in a secure
store.

 

Who is the point of contact for your body camera programme?

 

There is no program. However, the contact for Trading Standards is Clive
Phillips, Operations Manager.

 

If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, please ask for a review by following our complaints
process; details can be found at this link
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
on our website. Please quote reference FOI/17/2156.

 

If you still remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can
appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should
you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the
Information Commissioner’s website [2]http://www.ico.org.uk/concerns.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Kirsty-Leigh Robertson| Information Access Officer | Information
Resilience & Transparency Team | Room 2.87, Sessions House, Maidstone |
Tel 03000 418301 | Fax 03000 420303 |
[3]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...

 

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