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Watching us watching you: police to get bodycams

Police radio, handcuffs and now body cameras will form part of officers' every day uniform Credit: ITV News

Police in Dorset and the Avon and Somerset forces are to wear body cameras as part of their uniform.

The technology is being piloted with plans to roll it out to all front-line officers. The footage will be able to be used as evidence.

Dorset Police says the technology is being introduced to make police more accountable. The cameras will be used to record the majority of incidents.

The Avon and Somerset force welcomes a system that will help keep officers safe.

It will be obvious to people that officers are wearing body cameras Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

I have seen body worn video help gather evidence effectively, especially at incidents such as domestic abuse. It can encourage people to be more open in interviews and plead guilty earlier.

It can also professionalise the work of the police through openness and transparency.

This represents a very significant step forward for the force.

– Chief Constable Andy Marsh, Avon and Somerset

Do you recognise this man? Police investigating school burglary

Police are appealing for the public's help in identifying this man. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Do you recognise this man?

Police are looking for him after French students staying at a school in Taunton were stolen from.

A man broke into the school in Staplegrove Road on Thursday evening and stole mobile phones, jewellery and a large amount of Euros from French students staying there.

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Nick Gargan 'deeply sorry' for misconduct, after order to resign

A spokesman said Nick Gargan is Credit: PA

Avon and Somerset Police Chief Constable Nick Gargan is "deeply sorry" for the "flawed judgement" and "ill-advised" behaviour that led to being found guilty of eight charges of misconduct, the Chief Police Officers Staff Association has said.

He has been asked to resign by the area's Police and Crime Commissioner, with his superintendents voting overwhelmingly against him.

A CPOSA spokesman said it was a "huge disappointment" that he had been asked to resign - and said the embattled chief constable's first priority on returning to the force would be to rebuild confidence in the force and in him as leader.

"Chief Constable Gargan is deeply sorry for these and is committed to learning from them.

“We note and respect the views of certain groups of current and retired staff. We share their regret that the good name of the constabulary has been tarnished.

"But the overwhelming majority of the rumours surrounding the chief constable have turned out not to be true; indeed none of the initial allegations that prompted his suspension led to a misconduct finding, let alone a finding of gross misconduct or criminal behaviour. He welcomes publication of the panel's report."

– Chief Police Officers Staff Association spokesman

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said today that he had "let down" his colleagues, "abused his position", and had "lost the confidence of local people, police officers and staff".

Bob Constantine's report has more.

Disciplinary report due into Somerset's Chief Constable Gargan

There have been growing calls for Nick Gargan to step down since being found guilty of misconduct. Credit: PA

A disciplinary report into Somerset's Chief Constable will be published today.

An independent panel has decided that Nick Gargan should receive a final written warning after being found guilty of eight charges of misconduct.

Details of what these are will be given by crime commissioner Sue Mountstevens, who will announce what punishment she is imposing.

The Avon and Somerset Police Federation says it has no confidence in Mr Gargan.

There has been growing pressure for him to step down after he was found guilty of eight misconduct charges last month. More than a thousand people have signed a petition calling on him to resign.

Anti-Gargan petition handed in

Former PC Dave Pink holds up the petition with 1177 signatures Credit: ITV West Country

A petition calling for the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police to resign has been handed over to the Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens.

There has been growing pressure for Nick Gargan to step down after he was found guilty of eight misconduct charges last month.

More than a thousand people have signed the petition.

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Petition calls for resignation of Chief Constable

Petition calling for resignation of Chief Constable Credit: ITV News

A petition calling for the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police to resign is being handed over to the Police and Crime Commissioner later today.There has been growing pressure for Nick Gargan to step iown after he was found guilty of eight misconduct charges last month. More than a thousand people have signed the petition.

999 calls re-directed after technical problems at Avon and Somerset Police

999 calls re-directed after technical problems at Avon and Somerset Police Credit: PA

Avon and Somerset Police were forced to re-route 999 calls yesterday - after technical issues meant call handlers couldn't log on to their computers.

Those calling for emergencies were delayed as they were connected with neighbouring police forces.

But people calling in via 101 had to wait up to an hour to speak to someone.

The computer glitch has now been resolved.

Avon and Somerset Police making fewer drink driving arrests

The police have been conducting roadside drug tests. Credit: ITV News

Avon and Somerset Police say their campaign against drink and drug driving is working.

It's called Operation Tonic, and in June they breathalysed almost 1,000 drivers and arrested 78 - a 12% drop from last summer.

They also used new equipment introduced this year to conduct roadside drug tests.

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Chief Constable found guilty of misconduct

Nick Gargan had been suspended on full pay since May last year. Credit: PA

The Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police has been found guilty of misconduct at a private panel hearing today.

Nick Gargan faced ten charges of gross misconduct and three of misconduct, and has been found guilty of eight at the level of misconduct, though not of gross misconduct.

The Chief Constable was accused of leaking internal emails and behaving inappropriately towards female staff members last year. He has been suspended on full pay ever since.

His suspension has been lifted, and after a hearing on what sanctions he will receive, he is due to return to work.

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