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Police patrolling the River Thames down to Dartford issued with body-worn video cameras

PUBLISHED: 12:46 21 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:46 21 August 2017

The Marine Policing Unit covers the River Thames from Hampton Court to Dartford

The Marine Policing Unit covers the River Thames from Hampton Court to Dartford

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The Marine Police Unit covers all bodies of water in London including 47 miles of the River Thames

The wave of body-worn videos cameras has spread into the River Thames down to Dartford.

Around 75 officers from Scotland Yard’s Marine Policing Unit have been issued with the cameras, which can work for up to half an hour in 1metre deep water.

The unit covers 47 miles of the River Thames from Hampton Court to Dartford, as well as 250 miles of canals, waterways, lakes, reservoirs and other bodies of water around the capital.

Inspector Chris Green, from the unit, said: “We have four response teams and respond to a wide variety of crime and public order matters including pub fights and disorder on party boats on the Thames. We also carry out counter-terrorism security patrols on a daily basis as well as assisting armed colleagues who might need operational access to the water.

“One of the areas we cover that is unique to the river is search and rescue. The MPU, in conjunction with the RNLI, rescue dozens of people from the river every year as well as, sadly, recovering bodies.

“Body worn video will help in all areas of our work, providing an indisputable record of events and ensuring transparency and accountability in the unique marine environment.”

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