New body worn cameras to be issued to frontline staff members

The safety of our staff and transparency of our operations is at the forefront of the move towards a significant investment in new Body Worn Video Cameras (BWVCs) soon to be rolled out across the prisons we manage in the UK.

We currently use the Edisex VB 320/300 cameras across the J&I estate, and these have been in use since 2016 and are fast approaching their end of life.

After significant market research and live experience using them in Serco’s Asia Pacific Justice contracts, our UK prisons contracts will be the first to receive the new “Axon Body 2” BWVC’s. We are not just replacing new with old but will be nearly doubling the number of cameras at these sites.

The “Axon Body 2” was put to the test by the Met Police in London, who after successful trials undertook the world’s biggest roll-out of these body-worn cameras (22,000 units).  Other police and correctional authorities across the world, including Australian Federal Police, New York Police Department and Los Angeles Police Department, Fire and Rescue, have considered the Axon Body 2 cameras to be best value for money, robust and extremely reliable with a long battery life that lasts a whole shift. These units have hands-free activation, a 2-minute pre-event buffer and intuitive interface, unlimited HD encrypted video, advanced audio and simple uploading to a complete and easy to use evidence management system.

Full training on the new operating procedures will be given when the new units start rolling out across Serco’s UK prisons in September and October 2020.