On the 5th June the N8 Policing Research Partnership and the University of Leeds Center for Criminal Justice Studies hosted over 55 delegates from policing, university and private sector organisations to share learning about the use of body-worn police cameras in police responses to and the prosecution of domestic abuse incidents. It combined speaker presentations and interactive sessions aimed at learning lessons from research findings and policy and practice developments.
The event brought together policy-makers, practitioners and academics and showcased the research findings of an N8 PRP funded collaborative project between 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 was on how police and prosecuting bodies can respond more effectively and efficiently to domestic abuse incidents. The main aim of the conference was to strengthen and inform the process of learning from research and practice by identifying and disseminating best practice recommendations and lessons.
The day was divided into the following speaker sessions and slides which can be shared are available at the links below:
- Mr. 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) ‘The Value of BWCs in Cumbria’ & Sergeant Richard Hipkins (West Yorkshire Police)
- Inspector 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)
- Dr. 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’
- 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)
Daniel Pugh (University of Leeds) has written a blog on the proceedings of the event and his reflections which can be found here