We use visible surveillance camera systems in public places.

Each type of camera and its use is reviewed regularly in relation to compliance with the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice. For more information please see the below legislation and codes of practice:

Unmanned aerial vehicles (drones)

We have 6 drones, which are used to:

  • search large areas for missing people
  • help us manage serious incidents
  • help us locate suspects who may be hiding
  • take aerial pictures to support planning for operations and events.

Find out more about how we use drones.

Senior responsible officer

Head of Tactical Operation rank of Chief Superintendent)

Next review date

29 November 2023

Body Worn Video

Body Worn Video (BWV) was introduced at Kent Police in 2015 and 2,220 BWV cameras are now used routinely by our officers.

BWV is used to capture evidence as well as police attendance at incidents.

It has helped to reduce the need for victims and witnesses to attend court and has also been shown to reduce the numbers of assaults against police officers.

Senior responsible officer

Head of Mobile First and Innovation (rank of Superintendent)

Next review date

25 September 2024

Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR)

All police forces in the UK use ANPR.

The technology reads vehicle registration numbers and checks them against a national database of vehicles that are of interest to the police.

Officers are then able to intercept and stop a vehicle to make checks and, where necessary, make an arrest.

Stolen vehicles can also be located using ANPR as well as people driving without insurance.

Senior responsible officer

Deputy Head of the Serious Crime Directorate (rank of Chief Superintendent)

Next review date

July 2021

Related documents

Find out more about Kent Police's use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR).

Find out more information on the use of ANPR nationally.

Custody CCTV system

Kent Police has 7 designated custody suites.

Within each of these a Closed Circuit Television System (CCTV) is in operation to assist in the management of a safe and secure environment.

Custody CCTV cameras are located throughout including the van dock and entrance areas, holding areas, charge desk, corridors, cells and some consultation rooms.

Senior responsible officer

Head of Strategic Partnerships (rank of Chief Superintendent)

Next review date

September 2021

Canine Transmission System (dog cameras)

Kent Police Dog Section will utilise the Canine Transmission System to capture evidential footage from a high risk operational policing scene.

Senior responsible officer

Head of Tactical Operations (rank of Superintendent)

Next review date

January 2021

Other speed enforcement equipment

We have a number of vehicles fitted with in car speed detection equipment which records images in a similar way to CCTV.

Kent Police is a member of the Kent and Medway Safety Camera Partnership, who operate marked vehicles equipped with speed detection cameras which are 'type approved' by the Home Office.

These vehicles are marked in force livery and are deployed at locations with the following objectives:

  • To reduce the numbers of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) at locations with a history of high KSI collisions
  • To support Community Concern sites where local volunteers have identified a high level of speeding.

Static and mobile cameras are used to detect speeding offences and we do not routinely use them as a surveillance tool. All of our camera are 'type approved' as per Section 20 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 and therefore they are not a 'surveillance camera' as defined by Section 29(6) of the Protection of Freedoms Act. They are used exclusively for law enforcement purposes, which capture and retain an image only when the relevant offence is detected.

Senior responsible officer

Head of Strategic Partnerships (rank of Chief Superintendent)

Police building CCTV

An extensive CCTV system is used to protect our buildings, the details of which are operationally sensitive.

Senior responsible officer

Head of Estate Services

Next review date

July 2021

Public Order Evidence Gathering Teams

In common with the majority of UK Police Forces, Public Order Evidence Gathering Officers are deployed during public order operations in order to use overt video recording to reduce the risk of disorder and/or to aid identification of those responsible for potential criminal acts.

Senior responsible officer

Head of Tactical Operations (rank of Chief Superintendent)

Next review date

June 2021