Police detainee transport vans to be fitted with CCTV

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The police vans that transport detainees to cells in London will be fitted with CCTV on the future, as a result of a campaign by families bereaved by deaths in custody, a recent news report has been able to reveal.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan police commissioner, said every borough will have at least one van with five video cameras, three microphones and two monitors, in an attempt to increase transparency in his force.

The commissioner said the decision was influenced by concerns raised by a number of bereaved families, including relatives of Sean Rigg, who died in 2008 of a heart attack at Brixton police station, London.

The decision to roll out the cameras follows two trials in 2012 in Lambeth and Haringey, and 121 of 129 vans have already been fitted, with the remainder of the fleet due to follow suit in the coming months.

All future vans commissioned by the Met to transport detainees to custody will have the CCTV system fitted as standard. The system turns on when the car is started and continues for 30 minutes after the engine is switched off.

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