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Body Camera for Prison Officers

The Partner Body Cameras

HMP sites across the UK require highly robust, reliable prison body cameras to meet the rigors of their facilities. The Partner MK4 is our latest model, designed to rise to meet that need.

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The HM Prison & Probation Service were among the earlier adopters of body worn video cameras in the UK with public sector prisons and young offender institutions deploying them regularly.

A 2020 Ministry of Justice study found that when body cameras are used “transparently, consistently and fairly the can have a positive impact on staff and prisoners’ perceptions of safety”.


Body cameras for prison and custodial officers need to be as rugged as possible. The Partner MK4 is a highly robust device with no unnecessary weak points such as an articulated lens or front facing screen. It is a completely self-contained unit that is water and dust resistant and is packed with the latest video & audio recording technology.

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The Partner MK4 has a tough ABS outer body that is designed to be rugged and has been drop tested to 1.8 metres. This prison officer body camera has been tightly sealed to prevent liquids and foreign particles entering it with a IP67 rating for ingress protection.

The Partner MK4 has advanced video & audio recording technology built-in that allows it to record in up to 1440p QHD. It is also one of the few prison officer body cameras on the market that can record 1080p with 60 FPS. The Partner MK4 also has some of the clearest audio recording available with advanced filtering technology that eliminates background noise. This means that any evidence captured by prison and custodial officer body cameras will be crystal clear with great audio.

The Partner MK4 can also take still frame photo snapshots up to 32M. It uses H.265 encoding meaning that its 32GB storage can hold up to 17 hours of footage. It has an extra-large battery (3200mHA) that delivers 100+ hours of standby and up to 15 hours of continuous recording.

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The Partner MK4 has an extra large 3200mHA battery that enables 100+ hours of standby and up to 15 hours of continuous recording. This allows prison officers to use it for double shifts without the need to charge.

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Weighing in at just 141g and measuring 8.15 x 5.58 x 2.3cm, The Partner MK4 is unobtrusive and will not get in a prison officers way while going about their duties. Despite its size it packs in an impressive amount of technology and features.

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The Partner MK4 is highly resilient with a rugged ABS outer body. It has an IP67 rating and has been drop tested to 1.8 metres. It has no unnecessary weak points such as a screen or articulated lens and can be easily cleaned.

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The Partner MK4 has the latest in recording technology allowing up to 1440p QHD at 30FPS and 1080p at 60FPS.

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Its audio filtering functionality also allows for the capture of crystal clear audio to match the video track, even in loud areas of the prison.

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he Partner MK4 comes with a KlickFast compatible stud as standard which means that you can use it with your esxisting KlickFast equipment.

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This prison body camera uses AES256 encryption and is fully GDPR compliant with footage being encrypted at the point of recording. It also features several layers of password protection and drive masking for added security.

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The Partner MK4 has a 32GB storage with H.265 encoding that can store up to 17 hours of footage without needing to be downloaded. It is also supports looped recording should you wish to reduce the need for downloading even further.

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This prison officer body camera can also take still frame snapshots in up to 32M. It additionally has a burst mode which will allow officers to take a large number of photos in a short space of time in rapid succession.

The Partner Digital Evidence Management Software (DEMS) is a fully integrated locally installed platform that does not require internet or network access to run. This makes it ideal for prisons as internet speed is not an issue and no one can access it from outside.

Additionally, The Partner DEMS fully automates the download and charge process. Prison officers need only slot their camera into a dock while the DEMS is running and the software will take care of the rest. 

The Partner DEMS is a full digital evidence management suite that controls user access through permission levels and accounts. You can control how much access each user has and track all of their actions within the system using the Audit Log.
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The Partner MK4 Body Worn Camera

£220.00 (excl VAT)
The Partner MK4 is the industry leading security body camera that is used by officers, private companies and government on sites across the UK. It offers AES256 Encryption, 1440p video and crystal clear audio recording, an IP67 rating, a very wide range of features and is fully integrated into its own Digital Evidence Management Software(DEMS).

This security body worn camera is GDPR compliant and one of the few locally installed solutions with no on-going costs still available.
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The Partner MK4 Body Worn Camera

£220.00 (excl VAT)
The Partner MK4 comes with the Cam Manager and Decrypter software. If you wish to run it with the DEMS software, you will need a DEMS license. You only need one license per computer and can run as many The Partner MK4s as you want per computer. The license is a lifetime license that does not require renewal.
The Partner MK4 Body Worn Camera

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions about The Partner MK4 Body Camera or The Partner DEMS, please call us on 01722 444 847, Mon - Friday, 9am to 5pm.
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Between allegations of “preventative strikes” and an uptick of violence in UK prisons, the introduction of body cameras serve not only to protect staff from attacks but also allegations of impropriety. Studies have shown that body cameras can have a de-escalatory effect on prisoners when they realise that they are being recorded. Likewise, a prison officer is less likely to break rules if they risk being caught on camera.

Prisons are some of the most challenging environments for body cameras around. Any model that is used needs to be able to take a fair amount of punishment and remain reliable day in day out. The Partner MK4 is a hardy, robust device that is IP67 rated and drop tested to 1.8m. It does not have a smashable screen or an articulated lens that can be snapped. It has a low battery draw in standby (100+) hours and can continuously record for up to 15 hours.

IP rating refers to the Ingress protection level of an electronic device. It essentially refers to how well sealed the device is with the first number referring to protection against solids (most commonly dust) and the second against liquids. The Partner MK4 is IP67 which is a very high level for a body camera, the most common being IP65. Drop test levels refer to from how high you can drop a device and still have it function. Drop tests are less clear because it really depends on what surface you drop a device on. 1.8 metres on grass is very different than 1.8m on wood or concrete. The Partner has been drop tested on a wooden surface. As there is no standardised system for testing the ruggedness of body cameras, we use IP and drop test ratings to fill in this gap.

We are quite bias against screens at The Partner because they are the weakest, the most expensive, the heaviest and the most energy consuming part of any body worn camera. Previous models of The Partner Body Camera have used screens and we have found them to be more of a hinderance than a help. In environments like those prison and custodial officers find themselves in, having an easily smashable surface is not conducive to long lasting body cameras. The world leader in body cameras, Axon, also follow a similar policy with regards to their devices. 

Having a heavy, large weight on your shoulder while you are going about your duties can be cumbersome and reduce overall performance. Having something small and light is less likely to disturb a prison officer or be a hinderance. The Partner MK4 is one of the lighter devices out there and at less than 9cm long and 6cm wide, it will not get in the way.

This depends largely on the frequency of recording, the resolution selected and what options are enabled but if you are only recording during incidents then you can wait several days before requiring downloading or charging. If you are continuously recording or using record very frequently then it would be safer to dock it and the end of your shift every day.

To a point, yes, video quality does matter. If you are trying to identify a suspect from footage then the clearer the footage or the more frames that you have, the more likely that you will have a clear still frame to use. What settings you use will be down to your preference, some may prefer 1440p, others 1080p at 60FPS while those who value battery life over video quality may prefer 720p. Both 1080 and 720p are considered high definition.

Any organisation that needs to be compliant with GDPR requires that body cameras encrypt footage at the point of recording. This prevents footage being viewed by unauthorised persons if a body camera is lost or stolen. Password protection is generally not considered enough to satisfy the “secure footage” requirement.

A pre-record function essentially means that a camera is recording all the time even when the record button is not pressed. This footage is not stored and instead dumped at regular intervals unless the record button is pressed at which time it will attached the footage to the newly created file. This allows users to catch the build-up to the incident rather than just after the fact. Post-record means that after record is pressed, the camera will continue to record for a pre-determined length of time

While other companies double down on cloud storage, we have gone the other way. On the cloud just means on someone elses computer, normally a data centre. Locally installed means on a physical computer at the location. By keeping The Partner DEMS as a local installation solution, we are about to remove cloud storage fees, data fees, the need for a wifi connection and even the need to connect to any network at all. The Partner DEMS can be installed on a completely isolated device which has not connection to a prison’s greater network. This makes life easier in that you do not need I.T or your network provider to be involved in the setup.

The Partner MK4 is designed to be a one-of cost and reduce the need for ongoing costs as much as possible. To achieve this, we do not do any renewal fees or ongoing license costs. When you buy The Partner MK4, you own it outright. The Partner DEMS operates off a lifetime license per PC. Once it is installed, you do not need to renew that license. If you want to run more than one instance of the DEMS at a time, you will need more than one license.

There are plenty of cheap body cameras available online but they will tend to be stand alone, plug and play cameras. They will not be encrypted and they will not have a DEMS software. Not only does this mean labour intensive download procedures where mistakes can happen but it also means that individual officers will have access to the footage. This can lead to a lot of issues with footage going missing and cause breaches of GDPR.

While The Partner MK4 does come with a crocodile clip, it also includes a KlickFast attachment as standard. This means that you would be able to use The Partner MK4 body camera with your existing prison uniforms or equipment as long as they have a KlickFast dock.

All technical and ongoing support is handled right here in the UK by the Partner Body Cameras Technical Support team who can be reached during office hours on 01722 444 847.

Have Any Questions?

To arrange an online demonstration, get more information or if you have any questions, please call us on 01722 444 847

or email sales@tpbodycamera.co.uk
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