Use of Body Worn Video

Lucy Johnson made this Freedom of Information request to Southend on Sea Borough Council

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Dear Southend on Sea Borough 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

Southend FOI requests, Southend on Sea Borough Council

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Dear Lucy Johnson,

 

Thank you for your request received on 7^th January for information under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your request should receive a reply
by 2^nd February.

 

If you have any queries please get in touch quoting the FOI reference
number FOI 06627.

 

Kind regards,

Daniel Howard

 

 

Daniel Howard – Knowledge Support Officer  – Southend-on-Sea Borough
Council

Creating a Better Southend

( 01702 534929| *
[2][email address] |8 [3]www.southend.gov.uk

Policy, Engagement and Communication Group l Department for the Chief
Executive l Southend-on-Sea Borough Council | Civic Centre, Victoria
Avenue, Southend, Essex, SS2 6ER

 

 

    

Safe – clean – healthy – prosperous – excellent – Creating a better
Southend

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Dear Southend FOI requests,

Where can I find this reply?

Yours sincerely,

Lucy Johnson

Southend FOI requests, Southend on Sea Borough Council

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Dear Lucy Johnson,

 

Re: Freedom of Information Request

 

I am writing regarding your request for information, which was received on
7^th January.

 

In that request you asked us for information about the below:

 

I can confirm that the search for the information you requested has been
completed and I can advise you of the following:

 

a.    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:

Contractor

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

Apcoa

c.    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?

Contractors, up to 18 at any one time, parking enforcement, 28.

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

Yes – commercially sensitive as sourced by Apcoa and likely have “special
prices” with suppliers.

e.    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?

Parking enforcement contact, 5 years with optional 2 year extension –
original term expire August 2021.

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

Locally

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

N/A Apcoa is responsible

 

 

I would like to apologies for the length of time it has taken to respond
to your request, this was due to your request being sent to various
service areas within the Council.

 

 

If you wish to discuss any of the above, please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

 

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to request a review of our response, you should write to
the Group Manager – Policy, Engagement and Communication, Department of
the Chief Executive, PO Box 6, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue,
Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6ER.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your review, you can make a
complaint under the Council’s complaints process by writing to Corporate
Complaints Officer, Department of the Chief Executive, PO Box 6, Civic
Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6ER.

 

You can also apply directly to the Information Commissioner (ICO) for a
decision although generally the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have
exhausted the Council’s complaints procedure. The Information Commissioner
can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe
House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Daniel Howard

 

 

Daniel Howard – Knowledge Support Officer  – Southend-on-Sea Borough
Council

Creating a Better Southend

( 01702 534929| *
[1][email address] |8 [2]www.southend.gov.uk

Policy, Engagement and Communication Group l Department for the Chief
Executive l Southend-on-Sea Borough Council | Civic Centre, Victoria
Avenue, Southend, Essex, SS2 6ER

 

 

    

Safe – clean – healthy – prosperous – excellent – Creating a better
Southend

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Southend FOI requests, Southend on Sea Borough Council

Dear Lucy,

I responded to your request for information at 12.42 on the 12th February.

Many thanks,
Daniel Howard

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