Leicestershire Police get funding to join body camera pilots

Police body camera
Image caption Leicestershire Police said it will spend most of the £300,000 from the government's new Innovation Fund on body camera

More than £200,000 will be spent on body cameras by Leicestershire Police after it receives a grant of almost £300,000 from the government.

The force, which has paid for 204 from its own budget this year, will use the extra funds for satellite navigation systems, mobile devices and an advanced desktop system.

It is one of six UK forces to test the system in a nationwide trial.

The others are Hampshire, Gwent, Durham, Thames Valley and the Met.

Once the cameras are switched on, the device records to a hard drive what the officer sees and the files can be downloaded later.

Leicestershire Police commissioner Sir Clive Loader said the cameras would help officers "deliver a better service, where and when people need it most".

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