Use of Body Worn Video

Lucy Johnson made this Freedom of Information request to Somerset County Council

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Dear Somerset 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

Somerset County Council Information Request Team
Information request
Our reference: 3133465


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Dear Ms Johnson
Freedom of Information Act 2000
Thank you for your request for information about Body Worn Cameras which
we received on 18 December 2017.

We are currently dealing with your request under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and we aim to send our response to you on or before
18 January 2018.
Please note that we are experiencing a high level of requests at the
moment, and there may be a delay in responding to your request. We will
aim to keep you informed should this be the case.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 may restrict the release of some or
all of the information you have requested.  If this is the case we
will carry out an assessment and will inform you of any exemptions that
In some cases, a fee may be payable. If this happens, we will send you a
fees notice detailing a summary of the proposed cost, and terms of
payment, which would need to be paid before we are able to proceed.

If you have any further queries or would like to discuss your request
please contact me quoting your reference detailed at the top of this
Yours sincerely
Simon Butt
Information Request Officer

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Information request
Our reference: 3133465


Dear Ms Johnson
Thank you for your request for information received on 18 December 2017.
Please find attached our response to your request.
Yours sincerely
Simon Butt
Information Request Officer
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