Study Finds Decrease in Use of Force with Body-Worn Cameras (12/29/14)
Monday, December 29, 2014 | Comments

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Criminology (IoC) found that body-worn cameras can help prevent unacceptable uses of force via heightened self awareness, but the technology creates challenges with data storage and use of videos during prosecutions.

The study, conducted in 2012 in Rialto, California, included equipping randomly assigned officers with body-worn cameras that recorded all contacts with the public during shifts. This data was compared with shifts during which officers did not wear cameras.

The results showed the likelihood of force being used in the non-camera shifts was twice as high as shifts during which body-worn cameras were in use.

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