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360 degree picture: With Axon UK

360 degree picture: With Axon UK

Date - 4th June 2019
By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle


UK forces are set to lead Europe with the introduction of trail-blazing technology giving policing a “true” 360 degree picture of every crime or traffic incident on the roads.

And Dyfed-Powys will be the very first force this side of the Atlantic to take advantage of a seamless service using the same systems across all camera and evidence equipment.

The joining up of the dots by the new Axon Fleet 2 in-car camera system will potentially free up hours of police officer time – with instant digital upload rather than laborious downloading and burning onto discs to store footage as potential evidence.

This means the Welsh force is leading the rest of the UK with a fully integrated system of body worn cameras, in car cameras and digital evidence platform.

Dyfed-Powys is likely to be followed by other forces as the new technology carries all the many benefits of Axon’s body-worn cameras which have now been adopted by14 forces in England and Wales.

Catherine Davies, project manager for Fleet 2 launch at Dyfed-Powys, said: “The introduction of in-car video means that officers now have yet another pair of eyes at scenes of road traffic collisions and other incidents, live time evidence of motoring offences and evidential footage during pursuits.

“This technology further improves accountability for us as a service and helps to protect our officers during often vulnerable times, when transporting prisoners and patrolling our many, many miles of road alone.”

The cameras are the first of their kind in the UK and will allow officers to download vital video evidence directly– via a wireless system – and straight onto the digital evidence management system Axon Evidence.

The benefits of Axon Fleet 2 include streamlined, innovative technology; capturing evidence and freeing up police officer time; increased accountability for officers with all incidents captured on camera, helping secure trust from the community; a cost effective solution, with ‘front and back’ cameras as standard  –allowing a full 360 degree picture of a specific incident or event.

All cameras – body-worn and in-car –will now sync on playback.

Dyfed Powys is rolling out Axon Fleet 2 across 31 vehicles including both armed response and traffic vehicles.

Its order for a five-year contract was received in the first quarter of 2019 and was shipped in the second quarter of this year.

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