Assessing the Impact and Consequences of Police Officer Body-Worn Cameras (ASUF 30006461)

Project: Research project

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Assessing the Impact and Consequences of Police Officer Body-Worn Cameras (ASUF 30006461) Assessing the Impact and Consequences of Police Officer Body-Worn Cameras: A Multi-Site Randomized Controlled Trial Body-worn cameras (BWCs) are perhaps the most debated topic in policing today. Advocates and critics have made numerous claims about the impact and consequences of the technology, but most of these claims are untested. BWCs have the potential to completely transform police-citizen encounters, and in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, adoption of the technology is likely to be exponential. This transformation, in the virtual absence of empirical evidence on BWCs, is profoundly troubling. The proposed study would represent the seminal investigation of BWCs. The PI proposes a multi-site RCT (Tempe, AZ and Spokane, WA) that will investigate questions that go to the very core of the role of BWCs in policing, including officer perceptions; citizen perceptions; BWCs as a training and violence reduction tool; the potential for a civilizing effect (i.e., reductions in use of force and citizen complaints); the potential for BWCs to facilitate sentinel event review; and the impact on downstream criminal justice actors (and outcomes). The PI proposes a two-year study, with a budget of $460,037. Rigorous research on BWCs is sorely needed, as police departments are essentially flying blind with the technology. The proposed study will place the at the center of the dialogue on police body-worn cameras as the technology transforms policing in the 21st century.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date2/12/158/15/17

Funding

  • Laura and John Arnold Foundation: $497,575.00

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