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Police: Video Recordings

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces routinely record on video, or audio tape, briefings to officers before armed operations. (165573)

The Association of Chief Police Officers Working Group on the Police Use of Firearms issued guidance on 18 June 2007 recommending that all forces should, where possible, aspire to audio record briefings for spontaneous and pre-planned firearms operations. This will help to assist post-incident investigations and provide a more robust audit trail of what information was given to officers prior to a firearms operation. It is a matter for individual chief officers to adopt the guidance in their forces.