Bodycam experiment

There are moments when enforcers in the city find themselves in unsafe situations where people become aggressive towards them. For this reason the municipality is conducting an experiment with bodycams. During this trial period, 5 municipal enforcers will wear small portable cameras, so-called bodycams, on their uniforms. The experiment started on 18 October and will last 4 months.

During the trial period the municipality will look at:

  • the technical performance of the bodycams
  • the ease of use for enforcers
  • the long-term effects on the feeling of safety for the enforcers
  • the number of recordings made and the purpose of them

After the trial period, the municipality will decide whether all enforcers will be equipped with a bodycam.

Bodycam fixed to the uniform of an enforcer
Bodycam fixed to the uniform of an enforcer

Recording only if threatened

The enforcer will only start the recording if a situation arises in which the enforcer is in imminent danger. The enforcer will only switch on the bodycam after he or she has given 2 verbal warnings. However, the bodycam is always on standby.

Images are safely stored

All recordings made by the bodycams will be stored in encrypted form. In this way, no one can view or delete the images on the spot. At the end of the enforcer’s shift, the recordings will be transferred to a secure environment. The recordings will be automatically erased after 4 weeks unless they are needed for a charge or complaint.

Viewing the images

The video images will be reviewed and stored on secure computers in the municipality in accordance with personal data and privacy rules. Have you been filmed with a bodycam? Then you may view the recordings made of you. In order to do so, you will need to fill in the Request to access bodycam recordings form. Read more about privacy and your right of access on the page Data Protection Declaration.

Form: Request to access bodycam recordings (in Dutch) (PDF, 118,8 kB)

Only in the case of a charge or complaint

Recordings may only be used in connection with a charge or complaint. You can read more about pressing a charge on the page Contact with the municipality.

If there are charges, the police may seize the recordings. The police can use the recording for their investigations.

Bodycam experiment (YouTube channel of the municipality)
Also see: Municipal enforcers in The Hague

Published: 27 November 2019Modified: 27 November 2019