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West Midlands Police: Enhancing Policing at a Time of Austerity

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2017 | CASE STUDY , A XON , A xon, A xon View, A xon Body 2, A xon Flex 2, and Evidence.com are trademarks of A xon Enterprise, Inc., some of which are registered in the U S and other countries. For more information, visit www.axon.com/legal . All rights reser ved. © 2017 A xon Enterprise, Inc. WEST MIDLANDS POLICE: ENHANCING POLICING AT A TIME OF AUSTERITY West Midlands Police is the UK's second-largest police force. Its team covers 348 square miles, protects 2.8 million people and manages over 2,000 emergency calls an hour. At a time of austerity, the force is faced with how to maintain, or improve, service levels at a lower cost and with fewer officers. In search of answers it's looking to enhance every aspect of its work by 2020 and is partnering with Accenture to roll out a number of new technology initiatives – including a high-profile deployment of body worn video cameras. 1 "Since radios became widely available 20 years ago, not much has altered in policing. Body- worn video cameras then are a game changer. Our evidence shows that not only do they reduce assaults – while making us more accountable – but convictions rise, too. This technology comes along just at the time when we must do more with less and, by reducing paperwork it frees officers to spend more time on the street – that's the holy grail," PC Will Salt, Subject Matter Expert, Body-Worn Video, West Midlands Police.

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