Two years ago the force fitted cameras to its entire fleet of 129 vans, a move which ensures detainees are monitored while being transported to custody suites and that officers are protected from spurious complaints from those they’ve arrested.
The police authority overseeing the British Transport Police has been urged to boost its transparency and public accountability after it admitted to having no plan for engaging with the public.
British Transport Police bosses have been urged to follow the Met’s example and fit CCTV cameras to their fleet of custody vans. As well as ensuring the wellbeing of detainees, the cameras protect officers from spurious complaints from those they’ve arrested.
The British Transport Police is providing up to 10% fewer officers than Transport for London is paying it for, according to figures released under Freedom of Information laws.
The service, originally due to start last year, is expected to provide a significant boost to the economy by making it quicker and easier for Londoners to get home after enjoying the city’s night life.