Ex police chief in video camera bid for better drivers

Alan Featherstone and an in-car camera
Alan Featherstone and an in-car camera

A FORMER senior police officer has started a business that aims to enlist the law abiding majority in the war against crime.

Retired assistant chief constable Alan Featherstone is the MD of PoliceWitness.com, based in Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes.

Alan Featherstone

Alan Featherstone

Mr Featherstone, 55, who retired from Northants police two years ago with 30 years’ service, is hoping to make the roads safer through the sale of in-car ‘Justice’ cameras – and inside knowledge of the police.

Videos of bad driving incidents can be recorded on in-car cameras and sent to PoliceWitness.com, which then makes contact with the police to prosecute drivers who are breaking the law.

The company was set up in February this year but has only gone public in the last few weeks after Mr Featherstone tested scores of in-car cameras.

Mr Featherstone said: “We have looked into the law and there is nothing to stop anyone recording anything in public. The problem comes if someone is deliberately targeted, but on a public road, anyone can install a camera in their car and record what goes on.”

The digital cameras can record up to 90 minutes of video which can be edited on a computer and even uploaded onto YouTube.

“The Metropolitan Police encourages people to send in their videos and it is not time consuming,” said Mr Featherstone. “We want to get other police forces to do this, too.”

Mr Featherstone believes his company’s systems could help businesses and individuals save money by encouraging better driving and cutting insurance premiums and pay-outs.

“If we had millions of people driving around with cameras in their cars and lorries we would be able to stop cash-for-crash cases instantly.

“There would also be no need for long insurance disputes between drivers who are claiming they were in the right,” he added.

> For more information visit www.policewitness.com