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NCJ Number: 250791 Find in a Library
Title: Assessing the Impact of Police Body-Worn Cameras on Arresting, Prosecuting, and Convicting Suspects of Intimate Partner Violence
Journal: Police Quarterly  Volume:19  Issue:3  Dated:September 2016  Pages:303-325
Author(s): W. J. Morrow; C. M. Katz; D. E. Choate
Date Published: September 2016
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2011-DB-BX-0018
Document: HTML
Type: Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the effect on a number of outcomes related to the arrest, prosecution, and conviction in cases of intimate partner violence (IPV) both before and after officer use of body-worn cameras (BWCs).
Abstract: The perceived benefits that generally accompany officers’ use of 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 IPV offenders. The current study found that 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 in IPV cases. 56 references (Publisher abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Police equipment
Index Term(s): BJA Grant-related Documents; Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA); Camera technology; Comparative analysis; Convictions; Police domestic violence training; Police effectiveness; Prosecution
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