Use of Body Worn Video

Lucy Johnson made this Freedom of Information request to Cheshire West and Chester Council

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Dear Cheshire West and Chester 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

Cheshire West and Chester Council

RE: Your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Case Reference: 101004799767

Dear Ms Johnson

Thank you for your email.

It will be treated as a request within the meaning of the Act: this means that we will send you a full response within 20 working days, either supplying you with the information which you want, or explaining to you why we cannot supply it.

If we need any further clarification or there is any problem we will be in touch.

In the meantime if you wish to discuss this further please contact FOI West. It would be helpful if you could quote the log number.

Yours sincerely

FOI Unit

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FOI West, Cheshire West and Chester Council

Dear Ms Johnson,

 

Thank you for your request for information of 5^th January 2018 which has
been logged as 4799767 and has been dealt with under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. We confirm that Cheshire West and Chester Council
holds information relating to your request.

 

For the purpose of clarity your request has been reproduced below, with
required responses:

 

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?

 

Yes.

 

If yes, please detail:

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

 

Regulatory Services – Cameras sourced from ‘Edesix Ltd.’

Parking – Cameras sourced from Edesix Ltd.

 

HW Martin

·         HW Martin Ltd under contract to the council - Cameras sourced
from Edesix Ltd.

·         Waste Management – Cameras sourced from Edesix Ltd

 

 

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?

 

Regulatory Services

 

34 officers have access to a pool of 4X ‘bodycams’ for frontline
enforcement duties such as littering enforcement.

 

The officers come from a combination of smaller teams within Regulatory
Services including: Trading Standards, Environmental Crime, Environmental
Health and Private Sector Housing.

 

All staff within Regulatory Services with access to the ‘bodycams’ are
directly employed by Cheshire west and Chester Council and are not
contractors.

 

Parking – 18 Civil Enforcement Officers employed by Cheshire West and
Chester Council. Access to 30 cameras.

 

HW Martin

·         HW Martin Ltd are contractors to the council managing and
operating the household waste recycling centres (HWRC) within the borough.
There are 9 cameras used for staff safety and evidential purposes. There
is one camera on each of the 7 HWRC’s and are operated by one person on
each site and are used to record interactions with visitors to the sites.
They help protect staff against malicious complaints and provide evidence
for potential environmental crime offences. There is a spare camera kept
for emergencies and the enforcement manager has a camera for investigation
and safety purposes.

·         The Waste Management Team also have 4 cameras used by 5 officers
investigating waste collection offences and for officer safety when lone
working.

 

 

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

 

Regulatory Services – one of purchase of £2,750.

Parking – £18,550

 

HW Martin

·         HW Martin Ltd – One off purchase of £5000

·         Waste Management - One off purchase of £2,750.

 

 

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?

 

Regulatory Services – N/A.

Parking – N/A

HW Martin – N/A

 

 

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

 

Regulatory Services – Locally.

Parking – Locally

HW Martin – Data is stored securely on each premises locally.

 

 

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

 

Regulatory Services – [1][email address]

Parking – [2][email address]

HW Martin – [3][email address]

 

 

We trust this answers your query.

 

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Cheshire West and Chester Council

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Yours sincerely

 

Information Governance

Cheshire West and Chester Council

 

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