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CCTV and video based evidence guidance issued

Posted 18 January 2024

Guidance has been issued for UK police forces on capturing and recovering images, video and audio, including standards for installing CCTV.

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This set of documents can help police forces draw up local policies and procedures. They will help to ensure compliance with the statutory regulations put in place by the Forensic Science Regulator for capturing and retrieving digital images, video and audio from any CCTV or VSS system.

The various guidance includes:

  • guidance on assessing whether a CCTV system is fit for purpose
  • procedures and guidance for police when retrieving video and image evidence from digital CCTV systems
  • guidance on the processes involved in the handling of digital images for police applications
  • UK police requirements for digital systems

The National Police Chief’s Council have also produced a framework for video based evidence and a standard for Digital Evidence Management systems (DEMs).

The retrieval and processing of CCTV or VSS evidence is now incorporated in the Forensic Science Regulator’s statutory code of practice.



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