Title: Policing with body worn video technology: Overview and Case Studies
Mr Mark Lyell, Supreme Court of Queensland, High Court of Australia, Barrister-‐at-‐Law
Law Enforcement involves two fundamental roles: investigation of offences and prosecution of offenders. Since the late 1830s police have used notebooks to record information, observations and conversations including confessions or admissions. More than one hundred and fifty years later police are still issued notebooks for the same purposes. Body worn video (BWV) represents a development and convergence of technologies associated with audio and visual recording, including electronic recording of interviews, CCTV and in-‐car cameras. BWV represents a development and extension of these technologies, but also has the potential to be a force multiplier for law enforcement agencies in the future.
Drawing on the experience of police in Australia, the UK, US and Canada, Mark will discuss five main reasons why law enforcement agencies should embrace this technology. Firstly BWV provides police a tool with which they can gather the best evidence. Secondly BWV can assist in negating false complaints against police. Thirdly BWV can modify behaviour and improve officer safety. Fourthly BWV enhances professionalism, accountability and public confidence in police. Finally BWV can provide an effective training tool. While the limitations of BWV should be understood, and concerns in relation to privacy must be addressed, it is argued that ultimately there is a coincidence of interest for police, courts, public and defence lawyers in seeing BWV used more widely by police and law enforcement agencies. BWV provides police an important new tool that can enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of police in discharging their duty and bringing offenders to justice.
Mark Lyell is a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia. Mark is a graduate of the University of Queensland where he completed a BA in philosophy and political theory. Mark completed training at the Queensland Police Academy and completed two years service as an operational police officer with the Queensland Police Service, and he holds a Diploma of Public Safety (Policing). He is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Policing and a Certified Police Practitioner. Mark subsequently completed a Bachelor of Laws with Honours, and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the Queensland University of Technology.
Mark has ten years experience as an advocate in criminal cases before the Magistrates Court in Queensland. Mark is a Captain in the Army Reserve, having graduated from the Royal Military College Duntroon. In December of 2010 Mark was awarded the Courier Mail Police Scholarship to study international best practice in police use of body worn video.
This scholarship enabled Mark to travel to the UK, US and Canada to study the experience of police and law enforcement agencies and prosecuting authorities employing this technology.