Dashcam Portal Saving 26 Years Of Police Work

Tue 9th Jul 2019

A new website which allows road users to upload dash cam footage of dangerous drivers has saved the police 9,700 days of police time in the first year of action.

The National Dash Cam Safety Portal has received almost 5,000 uploads since its launch in July 2018, with users also able to write an accompanying police report online, which is said to be saving the police 14 hours per video.

Nextbase, the company who have developed the portal, have calculated that they have saved a total of 68,474 hours of police time. Manual processing sees officers having to wait for footage to arrive and taking statements from witnesses in person. 

West Mercia Police are one of the 22 police forces in the UK to be using the system, speaking to Driving.co.uk Supt Mel Crowther said: “We have seen a great amount of members of the public getting behind this system. As a force, we have been using this to deliver our own ‘Operation Snap’ initiative over the past year.

“The use of the NDCSP is a perfect example of modern police forces embracing new technology in order to help with internal time management. It ensures that our policing services are as accessible as possible, complementing the work already being done by police officers on our road network.

“Most importantly, it allows us to show that a dangerous driver’s behaviour can and will be held to account.”

With more of the 43 police forces expected to get online over the coming year, Nextbase’s Director, Richard Browning is delighted with the positive results: “A year on from launch, the endorsement of the NDCSP from our police partners – both in terms of efficiency of processing and the success in prosecuting dangerous driving – is very rewarding. Our mission in building the platform was to remove the most dangerous drivers from our roads and it sounds like that is happening, slowly but surely.”