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Date Responded 30 October 2018

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

1 On how many occasions since body worn video has been introduced at your police force have there been faults with the system e.g. cameras not working as they should, problems with downloading the footage. Please specify the nature of the fault in each case and include any comments an officer has made about the incident

Please tell me on how many occasions body worn video has been deployed

How many body worn cameras the force has.

Please also state how much the force has spent on body worn cameras

Please tell me on how many occasions body worn video footage or the camera has been lost

In Response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Business Support Department and Area Command of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

  1. We can only comment on faults/repairs to cameras.  Since purchase we have recorded 423 repairs.

1 x broken unit

172 connectivity issues

89  - damage to outer casing

110 - power/battery issues

24 - technical issues

2 - sound issues

25 - Unknown


The Statistics  below are from 12th October 2016 to 11 October 2018  (2 years)


Total number of recordings


Total number of recording marked as Evidential


Total number of Officers who used the system


Average number of recording made per officer


Average Evidential recordings made per officer


Recording Stats


Max recording length

13 hr 15 mins

Number of recording less than 20 seconds


Average recording length  (Excluding recordings that are less than 20 secs)

12min 58 secs




5 10 units reported lost

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