Attitudinal Changes Toward Body-Worn Cameras: Perceptions of Cameras, Organizational Justice, and Procedural Justice Among Volunteer and Mandated Officers

Jessica Huff, Charles M. Katz, Vincent J. Webb, E. C. Hedberg

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Abstract

Little is known about officer perceptions of body-worn cameras (BWCs), and whether perceptions change following implementation within their agencies. BWC deployment varies, with some agencies mandating officers to wear BWCs and others using volunteers. Researchers have yet to assess attitudinal differences between volunteers and mandated officers. This study addresses these gaps using data from an evaluation of BWCs in the Phoenix Police Department to examine officer perceptions of the utility of BWCs, perceptions of organizational justice, and support for using procedural justice. We use inverse propensity weighted difference-in-difference models to examine changes in officer perceptions over time between randomly selected officers who were mandated to wear a BWC, BWC volunteers, officers who resisted BWCs, and control officers. We identified limited significant differences in perceptions of BWCs over time, though effect sizes suggest that BWC volunteers and mandated officers were more subdued in their expectations about BWCs at the posttest.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)547-588
Number of pages42
JournalPolice Quarterly
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020

Keywords

  • body-worn cameras
  • organizational justice
  • police attitudes
  • procedural justice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law

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