Enforcers wearing bodycams

Municipal enforcers in the city sometimes find themselves in unsafe situations where people become aggressive towards them. To make sure the enforcers can do their work safely the municipality decided in 2020 to equip them with bodycams. Bodycams are small portable cameras worn on their uniforms.

Wearing a bodycam often gives the enforcer a stronger sense of safety and it can reduce the number of aggressive and violent crimes.

Recording only if threatened

The enforcer will only start the recording if he finds himself in imminent danger. He will first give 2 verbal warnings before he switches on the recording. The bodycam is always on 'standby'.

Images are safely stored

All recordings made by the bodycams will be stored in encrypted form. 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.

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

Viewing the images

The municipality will review and store the video images on secure computers. It will do this in accordance with personal data and privacy rules. Read more about privacy and your right of access on the page Data Protection Declaration.

Form: Request to access bodycam recordings (in Dutch)

Only used for charges

Recordings may only be used in connection with a charge. If there are charges, the police or public prosecutor’s office may seize the recordings. They can use the recordings for their investigations.

Also see: Municipal enforcers in The Hague

Published: 5 January 2021Modified: 8 February 2021