So, what is BWV?

Cleveland Police remains committed to ensuring that our officers receive the best possible equipment that supports them to deliver a quality policing service. Although at this current time BWV is not personally issued to Cleveland officers there are over 200 devices in circulation.

Body Worn Video (BWV) enables our officers to do this through increasing public confidence and allowing us to secure better evidence to strengthen our fight against crime, whilst supporting victims. BWV cameras are small, visible devices that are worn attached to the officers’ uniform (usually on the chest). They are used to capture both video and audio evidence when officers are attending all types of incidents. The position of the camera allows for those viewing the footage to see the situation from the officer's perspective. The camera acts as an independent witness to police actions and interactions.

The camera records the footage onto an internal and secure storage device. At the end of the officer's shift the footage is uploaded to secure infrastructure for use as evidence at court or other legal proceedings or deleted if not required for a policing purpose.