Police use of Body-Worn Cameras and the prosecution of domestic abuse: policy, practice and research

June 5, 2018 all-day
Leeds University Business School, room 1.33
Maurice Keyworth Building
University of Leeds, Moorland Rd, Leeds LS6 1AN
Stuart Lister / Matt Butler

This event brings together policy-makers, practitioners and academics to share learning about the use of body-worn police cameras in police responses to and the prosecution of domestic abuse incidents. It will combine speaker presentations and interactive sessions aimed at learning lessons from research findings and policy and practice developments. It will showcase the research findings of an N8 Policing Research Partnership funded collaborative project of the University of Leeds, West Yorkshire Police and Cumbria Constabulary, which explored the impacts of police use of body-worn video at incidents of domestic abuse.

A particular focus of the day will be on how police and prosecuting bodies can respond more effectively and efficiently to domestic abuse incidents. It aims to strengthen and inform the process of learning from research and practice by identifying and disseminating best practice recommendations and lessons. It will be of value to practitioners and scholars who have a professional interest in the use of body-worn cameras and/or domestic abuse.

Please note that attendance at this event is free, but as space is limited we ask that only those who are sure they can attend register.


10.15-11.15Mr. Stuart Lister (University of Leeds) ‘Exploring the impacts of police use of body-worn video in incidents of domestic abuse’
Respondents: Sergeant Dan St. Quinton (Cumbria Constabulary) & Sergeant Richard Hipkins (West Yorkshire Police)
11.15-12.15Inspector Tim Coombe (Avon and Somerset Police) ‘The national context: Current plans and the future vision for police use of body-worn cameras’
Sergeant Richard Cheshire (Northamptonshire Police) ‘Learning the lessons from ten years of using body-worn cameras’
Inspector Darren Norgate (West Yorkshire Police) ‘Reflections on the force-level roll-out of body-worn cameras’
Respondent: Prof. Ross Deuchar (University of West Scotland)
13.15-14.15Dr. Andy Myhill (College of Policing) ‘The role of evidence in decisions to arrest perpetrators of domestic abuse’
Supt. Katy Barrow-Grint (Thames Valley Police) ‘Attrition rates in domestic abuse: Time for a change?
Prof. Louise Ellison (University of Leeds) ‘The prosecutorial use of BWC evidence in cases of domestic abuse: opportunities and challenges’
14.15-14.30Coffee Break
14.30-15.30Interactive group session – Improving responses to domestic abuse: policy options and research questions
15.30-16.00 Profs. Mike Rowe and Pam Davies (Northumbria University)
‘The Quality and Status of ‘Evidence’ in Policing: Reflections on understanding success to build capacity through innovations in policing domestic abuse’
Respondent: Dr. Sam Lewis (University of Leeds)


Registration for this event has now closed.

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