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Police, public, and offender perceptions of body-worn video: a single jurisdictional multiple-perspective analysis

Clare, J., Henstock, D., McComb, C., Newland, R., Barnes, G., Lee, M. and Taylor, E. ORCID: 0000-0003-2664-2194 (2019). Police, public, and offender perceptions of body-worn video: a single jurisdictional multiple-perspective analysis. Criminal Justice Review,

Abstract

Objectives. Police, public, and offender survey responses from a single jurisdiction give a multiple-perspective insight into the use of body-worn video (BWV) cameras by police.
Methods. Police attitudinal data was collected from before (n = 190), during (n = 139), and at the conclusion (n = 221) of a BWV implementation trial. Public attitudes were collected at the conclusion of the BWV implementation trial via online survey (n = 995 respondents) and intercept survey (n = 428 respondents). Offender attitudes (n = 302) were collected in police custody over a 6-month period immediately preceding the BWV trial.
Results. The extent to which police felt BWV influenced their behavior tempered during the trial. All three perspectives were supportive of the use of BWV. The public who had encountered BWV-wearing officers and the offender sample indicated limited belief that BWV would reduce bad behavior. There was also clear contention about the policy and practice decisions around recording.
Conclusions. These findings have significance for BWV trials, commenting on the importance of (a) collecting police attitudes at multiple points, (b) separating the attitudes of public who did encounter police wearing BWV, and (c) data collection and policy for evaluation outcomes.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Clare, J., Henstock, D., McComb, C., Newland, R., Barnes, G., Lee, M. and Taylor, E. (2019). Police, public, and offender perceptions of body-worn video: a single jurisdictional multiple-perspective analysis. Criminal Justice Review, Copyright © 2019 Georgia State University. DOI: 10.1177/0734016819846236
Publisher Keywords: Body-worn video cameras; police surveys; public surveys; offender surveys
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/22485
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