Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide the following information pertaining to the use of body-worn videos (BWVs), also known as body-cams, by your Force.
1.1.Does your Force make use of BWV?
1.2.When did your Force begin to use BWV
1.3.Do you have plans in place to begin to use BWV?
2.1.The number of BWVs owned
2.2.The number of BWVs in operational use
2.3.Whether plans are in situ to invest in a greater number of BWVs. If applicable, how many and when.
3.Policy and training
3.1.The specific Force policy for BWVs. Please provide the necessary policy document.
3.2.Force policy for which officers are required to wear and operate BWVs. Please provide the necessary policy document.
3.3.Details of the training given to officers on BWVs. Please provide details of duration and frequency of training.
4.1.Manufacturer details/ model of BWVs owned
4.2.The software used to transfer and view footage from BWVs to a computer
4.3.The position on the body that an officer is to wear a BWV
5. Transfer and retention of footage
5.1. The form and degree of encryption used on the BWV files. Please provide:-
126.96.36.199. Encryption algorithm details
188.8.131.52. Key length (if any)
184.108.40.206. and/or version of software used for encryption
5.2. The duration for which BWV footage is typically retained on computer before a decision regarding deletion or retention is made
5.3. The process by which footage is deleted e.g. by a manual process or by specialist software
220.127.116.11. The process by which footage is tagged for deletion
18.104.22.168. The process by which footage is tagged for retention
22.214.171.124. The decision maker as to whether footage is to be deleted or retained
For the period 1 January 2010 to 18 November 2016:
6.1. The number of complaints made to your force from members of the public concerning the use of BWVs
6.2. If applicable, the natures of these complaints e.g. malfunction, inappropriate usage, DPA issues, confrontations not recorded etc.
Should any of the requests for information detailed above already exist in the public domain, please provide the relevant URL or page reference(s) as necessary.
We can confirm that some relevant information is held by West Midlands Police. However, while the majority of the information is attached to this email I am afraid that I am not required by statute to release all of the information requested.
This letter serves as a Refusal Notice under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) for Question 5 – 126.96.36.199
REASONS FOR DECISION
The Freedom of Information Act places two responsibilities on public authorities, the first of which is to confirm what information it holds and secondly to then disclose that information, unless exemptions apply.
In this case, this letter represents a Refusal Notice for Question 5 – 188.8.131.52.
The information is exempt by virtue of the following exemptions
Section 31 (1) (a) (Law enforcement)
As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police website.