A Home Office-funded trial will be held at Stratford Station in East London as part of the government's crackdown on crackdowns.
The specialized technology, manufactured by the British company Thruvision, can safely detect weapons, including firearms, knives and explosive devices hidden under clothing at a maximum distance of 30 feet.
It works by revealing hidden objects in clothes that block the heat of a person's body. Using their training and experience, the police will be able to identify objects that could be used as a weapon without having to conduct physical searches. The technology is already used on the Los Angeles metro.
The initial 5-day trial will be organized by the British Transport Police, with the support of the Metropolitan Police.
The Minister of Criminal Affairs, Police and Fire, Kit Malthouse, said:
We are doing everything possible to fight knife crimes in London and across the country. An additional 20,000 police officers will help, but new technologies can have a huge impact on public safety, as this equipment shows.
Nobody should feel like walking in the streets with a knife and expecting to get out.
Robin Smith, ACC, British Transport Police, said:
Fortunately, the number of crimes committed on the rail network is very small, but we recognize the important role our force plays in identifying those who are willing to carry lethal weapons to commit atrocious crimes.
To support the Home Office and other police forces, we want to explore how technology can help us fight violent crime head-on. We are pleased to work with them to test the Thruvision technology at Stratford Station.
Baroness Vere, Minister of Transport Safety, said:
Improving station security is essential so that everyone can use our railways with confidence, and technology should be at the forefront of this mission. This groundbreaking trial is part of the government's crackdown on knife crime.
Siwan Hayward, director of compliance and law enforcement at Transport for London, said:
London's transportation system is a safe and crime-free environment, and we are committed to working with the police to keep it that way. We want to prevent anyone bringing a knife or a weapon on public transport in London.
This technological trial will help the police to better reach our goal. It is never acceptable to carry a weapon and we fully support the work of the police to fight against the crime committed with a knife.
The trial will examine how officers can use technology to detect whether a person is wearing a knife without causing personal inconvenience, such as stopping someone or asking them to empty their pockets.
It will enable the Home Office, the UK Transport Police and the Metropolitan Police to determine whether such technologies can play an important role in the fight against knife-related crime.
Technology allows police to see the size, shape and location of any hidden object. It shows no intimate part of the body and it is impossible to distinguish the sex, age or ethnicity of an individual from the images produced.
The Home Office's Joint Center for Security and Resilience (JSaRC) provides approximately £ 40,000 for the trial and will continue to explore other technologies by collaborating with other ministries and the private sector.
Today's announcement follows the recent launch of a national campaign to recruit 20,000 new police officers – the largest police recruitment campaign in decades. The Chancellor also announced funding to fund the recruitment of a first wave of 6,000 additional officers by the end of March 2021, to be split between the 43 forces of England and Wales. . This includes £ 750 million between 2020 and 2021 and £ 45 million this year to boost recruitment.
In addition, the Home Office has streamlined the task of police when addressing violent crime – a welcome move by police chiefs of the country, as well as by the families of victims of crimes at home. White weapon.
Meanwhile, police funding is increasing by more than £ 1 billion this year, thanks to taxes collected for local taxes and to combat serious acts of violence.