Officer Perceptions of Body-Worn Cameras Before and After Deployment: A Study of Three Departments

Janne E. Gaub, David E. Choate, Natalie Todak, Charles Katz, Michael White

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Abstract

Over the past few years, several events have highlighted the strained relationship between the police and residents in many communities. Police officer body-worn cameras (BWCs) have been advocated as a tool by which police–community relations can be strengthened, while simultaneously increasing transparency and accountability of police departments. Support for BWCs from the public and federal government is strong, and some studies have examined police perceptions of BWCs. However, comparisons of officer perceptions of BWCs in different departments are lacking, as are assessments of officer attitudes pre- and post-BWC deployment. This study compares officer perceptions of BWCs in three police departments in the western United States between 2013 and 2015, both before and after BWC program implementation. The similarities and differences among officer perceptions across departments are examined, and the authors consider the implications of findings for police departments moving forward with BWC technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-302
Number of pages28
JournalPolice Quarterly
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

Keywords

  • body-worn cameras
  • police
  • technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law

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