Hertfordshire police use video link to give evidence in court
PUBLISHED: 10:51 07 April 2016 | UPDATED: 10:51 07 April 2016
Police officers in Hertfordshire are saving time and money thanks to a new video link system which allows them to give evidence in court.
From January to March this year, 267 police officers were called to attend court via LiveLink.
This saved, on average, three hours of travel and waiting time per person, which is the equivalent to 792 working hours or 20 working weeks.
It also meant that officers were able to save money on travel and carry out duties at their local station before being required by the court.
The new system was launched in January after an agreement between Hertfordshire Constabulary, the Crown Prosecution Service and Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS), to call officers to appear via video link rather than in person.
The expansion of the use of LiveLink and other video technology was a key part of Hertfordshire’s police and crime commissioner’s police and crime plan.
Detective Superintendent Mike Marren, from Criminal Justice, said: “LiveLink makes such good sense and it is now freeing up many hours of police time that was previously wasted waiting at court to give evidence.
“Month by month we are seeing more and more police officers using this technology to avoid long waits at court and we are looking forward to this increasing even more as it becomes usual practice.”
The technology is already successfully used by vulnerable witnesses who are anxious about appearing in court, allowing them to feel more comfortable and to give the highest quality evidence.
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