Dear St Helens Metropolitan 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

Contact Centre, St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Lucy Johnson

Thank you for your recent request for information, which will be treated
as a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000/Environmental
Information Regulations 2004 (EIR).

Your enquiry has been given a reference number 20180108-00416-1. Please
quote this reference in any future correspondence with us concerning this
matter.

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of an applicable payment.

Kind regards,
St. Helens Council
01744 676789

------------------------ Original Email -------------- Received On:
08/01/2018 09:33:20 GMT
Subject:Freedom of Information request - Use of Body Worn Video

Dear St Helens Metropolitan 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 b . 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 b . 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
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St.Helens Council, St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Further to your enquiry, in St Helens Council there are five employees
currently performing front line work with body worn video cameras. These
officers work in the Environmental Wardens (deal with fly-tipping, litter
etc. using Fixed Penalty Notices) and the Dog Welfare and Enforcement team
(deal with strays, dangerous dogs, fouling etc.). The cameras are provided
by Edesix and with peripherals were a one off purchase costing £4,313 (ex
VAT). There is no ongoing contract. All data is stored on a premises
locally. The Council does not have a body camera programme.

In addition to the above, the Parking Enforcement contractors APCOA also
deploy body cameras. They are issued to 9 staff and the cameras are owned
and evidence managed by APCOA. APCOA also sourced and purchased the
cameras. Regarding storage, costs, type of purchase and product details
all this information is with APCOA not St Helens Council.

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Helens Council, Internal Audit, Town Hall, Victoria Square, St Helens,
Merseyside WA10 1HP.
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