Body Worn Cameras -17022

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A request for information about body worn cameras – 17022

Ref: FOI/17022

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested on 11th February 2017.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

  1. Which departments in your Fire Brigade/Service use Body Worn Cameras (BWC)? Please include job roles.

Reply

Body Worn Cameras have been issued to all Stations. Although any member of the Watch can wear it, it is predominately for the officer in charge to use it.

Request

  1. Is this part of a pilot programme or has the technology has been adopted on a permanent basis?

Reply

This has been implemented on a permanent basis

Request

  1. How many BWCs has your Fire Brigade/Service purchased over the past 3 years and how many are deployed at any given time?

Reply

75 have been purchased and 63 are currently in use with the remanding 12 about to be issued to Fire Safety officers and training departments.

Request

  1. Who is the portfolio lead for the purchase, deployment and maintenance of BWCs in your Fire Brigade/Service?

Reply

Initial project manager, Watch Commander (Research, Development, Technology & Innovation. Deployment and maintenance of the camera is the Officer in charge (The device user) of the shift that the camera will be used on.

Request

  1. Please confirm the procurement mechanism (tender or framework) which was utilised to procure the BWC’s and their associated software, and when the next tender process for BWC’s is expected to be re-tendered?

Reply

An advert was placed on Contracts Finder as an Early Engagement in January 2016.  Following a high number of expressions of interest twelve companies were invited to submit quotations and samples.  WMFS does plan to re tender for body worn camera’s for at least 2 years.

Request

  1. If you do not currently have BWC’s, does your Fire Brigade/Service propose to introduce BWCs over the next 2 years?

Reply

Currently in use.

Request

  1. If your Fire Brigade/Service proposes to introduce BWC’s over the next 2 years, which departments will be provided with BWC’s?

Reply

Already introduced.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications. If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision please write to The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW.

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following link: https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.

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