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NCJ Number: 250790 Find in a Library
Title: Officer Perceptions of Body-Worn Cameras Before and After Deployment: A Study of Three Departments
Journal: Police Quarterly  Volume:19  Issue:3  Dated:September 2016  Pages:275-302
Author(s): J. E. Gaub; D. E. Choate; N. Todak; C. M. Katz; M. D. White
Date Published: September 2016
Page Count: 27
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2011-DB-BX-0018
Document: HTML
Type: Program/Project Description; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study compared officer perceptions of body-worn cameras (BWCs) in three police departments in the western United States between 2013 and 2015, both before and after BWC program implementation, with a focus on the similarities and differences among officer perceptions of BWCs; and the implications of findings for police departments moving forward with BWC technology are examined.
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 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. 38 references (Publisher abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Police equipment
Index Term(s): BJA Grant-related Documents; Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA); Camera technology; Police attitudes; Police community relations; Police-citizen interactions
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