Essex Police uses visible surveillance camera systems in public places. Every type of camera and its use is reviewed every year.

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Unmanned aerial vehicles

Our use of drones

We have one drone and it is used to: search large areas for missing people, help us manage serious incidents, help us locate suspects who may be hiding, take aerial pictures to support planning for emergencies and events.

Senior responsible officer

Head of Tactical Operations (rank of Chief Superintendent).

Related documents

Our drone self-assessment

Next review date

November 2023.

Body Worn Video

Other use of Body Worn Video

BWV is used to capture evidence as well as police attendance at incidents. It has helped to reduce the need for victims and witnesses to attend court and has also been shown to reduce the numbers of assaults against police officers.

Senior responsible officer

Head of Mobile First and Innovation (rank of Superintendent).

Related documents

Body Worn Video self-assessment

Next review date

February 2020.

Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR)

Use of ANPR

All police forces in the UK use ANPR. The technology reads vehicle registration numbers and checks it against a national database of vehicles that are of interest to the police. Officers are then able to intercept and stop a vehicle to make checks and, where necessary, make an arrest. Stolen vehicles can be located using ANPR and people driving without insurance can also be detected.

Senior responsible officer

Deputy Head of the Serious Crime Directorate (rank of Chief Superintendent). 

Related documents

ANPR self-assessment

ANPR nationally

Next review date

June 2020.

Custody CCTV system

Use of Custody CCTV

Essex Police have seven designated custody suites and within each of those a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) system is in operation to assist in the management of a safe and secure environment. Custody CCTV cameras are located throughout each custody suite including the van dock and entrance areas, holding areas, charge desk, corridors, cells and some consultation rooms. 

Senior responsible officer

Head of Criminal Justice.

Related documents

The Essex Police Custody CCTV self-assessment will be published on October 1, 2019

Next review date

May 2020

Police building CCTV

Use of CCTV at police buildings

An extensive CCTV system is used to protect our buildings, the details of which are operationally sensitive.

Senior responsible officer

Head of Estate Services

Related documents

The Essex Police Building CCTV self-assessment will be published on October 1, 2019.

Next review date

July 2020