The Government is proposing to change several parts of the PACE codes.
(a) it extends the range of devices that may be used and enables the police to use the latest recording technology, including any suitably compliant ‘body worn video’ (BWV) equipment to record suspect interviews;
(b) for any interview, irrespective of the type of offence and whether or not the suspect has been arrested, whenever a suitably compliant authorised recording device is available and can be used, it must be used;
(c) a written interview record may be made only if a specified officer (the ‘relevant officer’) determines that such a device is not available/cannot be used and the interview should not be delayed until such time that it can be audio recorded. Depending on the offence in question, whether the suspect has been arrested and where the interview takes place, the ‘relevant officer’ may be the custody officer, a sergeant or the interviewing officer.