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Help requested posted on 6th April 2018:

Body cameras for School Crossing Patrol Officers

I have to produce a committee report about the use of body cameras for school crossing patrol officers and I would be interested to hear about the advantages and disadvantages of allowing the use of them, the cost of camera and if they have had any impact within your area i.e. prosecutions, change in behaviours. Any feedback would be appreciated.

Emily Tester

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Response posted on 6th April 2018 by:
Andrew McGrorey

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Body cameras for School Crossing Patrol Officers

If you give me a call I am happy to chat about this

Response posted on 9th April 2018 by:
Richard Hall

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Body cameras for School Crossing Patrol Officers

Road Safety GB have produced some guidelines for the use of surveillance cameras at SCP sites, which you may find useful. They are available on the SCP page in the member's area.
It also depends on what you want to use the cameras for. If it for evidential purposes - to catch vehicles failing to stop or other incidents - then you need to involve the police from early on as the film needs to be treated as evidence for prosecution.
There are data protection and Human rights issues to be considered as well.

Response posted on 13th April 2018 by:
Mark Foweraker


Body cameras for School Crossing Patrol Officers

As well as the advice above, and from issues I have been aware of, you need to ensure that your Information Technology and Communications team(s) are consulted as you don't want to buy cameras to find that either you can't download the information, install associated software, or it is deemed that the information breaches data protection legislation*.
That said there is a change in police attitudes to camera footage collected by third parties, such as Operation Snap in Wales and other similar initiatives, but you should have a formal arrangement with your Police force if you expect their prompt action on failure to stop, assault and abuse cases.
*some systems encrypt the video in camera and it can only be decrypted and viewed on a host PC, thus if lost or stolen the camera and data are useless.

Response posted on 26th April 2018 by:
Liz Mapstone

T: 01934 426910

Body cameras for School Crossing Patrol Officers

Wrote the following in December 2017 under the "CCTV Lollipop Ladies" topic:

I had the following key points provided by the Council's Information Officer from the ICO’s Code of Practice on CCTV which section 7.2 (p27) provides some useful direction on the use of body worn video (BMV).

• it is important that you justify its use and consider whether or not it is proportionate, necessary and addresses a pressing social need.
• It is highly recommended that you undertake a privacy impact assessment to demonstrate that this is the case.
• Continuous recording will require strong justification as it is likely to be excessive and cause a great deal of collateral intrusion. This is because continuous recording is likely to capture people going about their daily business, as well as the individual who is the focus of your attention.
• Individuals using BWV systems should be able to provide sufficient fair processing to data subjects. As BWV cameras can be quite small or discreet, and could be recording in fast moving or chaotic situations, individuals may not be aware that they are being recorded. It is therefore important that clear signage is displayed, for example on an individual’s uniform, to show that recording is taking place and whether the recording includes audio. You should also think of ways to provide further information to data subjects if they wish to find out more information, for example, directing them to the privacy notice on your website, if you have one.
• Because of the volume of personal data and potentially sensitive personal data that BWV cameras will process and the portability of them, it is important that you have appropriately robust technical and physical security in place to protect this information. For example, make sure devices can be encrypted, or where this is not appropriate have other ways of preventing unauthorised access to information.
• As you may be recording a large amount of information, you need to ensure that you can store all of it and have a retention and disposal policy in place.
• You should continue to monitor the use of the BWV system as a whole to see if it is still achieving its original purpose. If it appears that it is no longer achieving this purpose or it is no longer required, you should look at potentially less privacy intrusive methods to address the need.
• If you are regularly going to share recorded information with third parties then it is important that you have a data sharing agreement in place with them.

We didn't pursue use which had been requested by a patrol

Response posted on 26th April 2018 by:
Sandra Agbabiaka


Body cameras for School Crossing Patrol Officers

We are just looking into this - However Louise Bishop ( West Sussex) has already trialled this with her SCP team and has been great helping us get our report ready. I am sure Louise would not mind me nominating her!

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