MultiStream Interview Recording Project at Cheshire Constabulary
The Constabulary is leading the way in digital interview recording, with all custody suites now using the new equipment.
After a successful pilot in Blacon earlier this year the roll out is moving ahead with great success.
Cheshire is the first Force to use the technology by recording directly onto a server instead of using DVDs, and the project has attracted interest from other Forces due to its efficiency.
Project Manager John Maddock said: ‘A 21st century Police Force can no longer be seen to rely on 1970s equipment and media. Audio cassettes are becoming obsolete and more costly and difficult to obtain. Officers did not like having to manage and deal with the cassettes as it was a lengthy process looking after them, having to bundle them up and post them off to the tape library … it was all a bit of a pain.’
He added: ‘We have worked closely with the supplier David Horn Communications to develop a unique product that takes advantage of all the benefits of the latest media technology.’
The unique system is integrated with the Constabulary’s Niche Records Management System, which means that interviews are now digitally recorded and made available via Niche. This allows officers to go on a computer and play back the recording there and then.
The interview recordings are stored on a secure server at HQ called Centera, where they can be managed and stored in accordance with Management of Police Information guidelines.
The risks of losing or damaging vital evidence are reduced because of the way storage is managed. Copies are only produced on DVD if directly requested to the Records Management Unit.