Assessing the Impact of Police Body-Worn Cameras on Arresting, Prosecuting, and Convicting Suspects of Intimate Partner Violence

Weston J. Morrow, Charles Katz, David E. Choate

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Abstract

The perceived benefits that generally accompany body-worn cameras (BWCs) include the ability to increase transparency and police legitimacy, improve behavior among both police officers and citizens, and reduce citizen complaints and police use of force. Less established in the literature, however, is the value of BWCs to aid in the arrest, prosecution, and conviction of intimate partner violence (IPV) offenders. We attempt to fill that void by examining the effect of pre- and post-camera deployment on a number of outcomes related to arrest, prosecution, and conviction. The findings provide initial evidence for the utility of BWCs in IPV cases. When compared with posttest non-camera cases, posttest camera cases were more likely to result in an arrest, have charges filed, have cases furthered, result in a guilty plea, and result in a guilty verdict at trial. These results have several implications for policing, prosecuting, and convicting IPV cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-325
Number of pages23
JournalPolice Quarterly
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

Keywords

  • arrest
  • body-worn camera
  • conviction
  • intimate partner violence
  • prosecution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law

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