Do Body-Worn Cameras Improve Police Conduct?

by Anita Setnor Byer, Founder - sci-Shot6/1/2015
Police Body Cameras

People often act differently when they know they are being watched. In fact, research shows that people act differently if they just feel like they are being watch. It's true. A 2010 study found that the mere presence of posters featuring a pair of eyes made it more likely that people would discard their litter in a self-clearing cafeteria.

This phenomenon is often referred to as the Hawthorne or Observer Effect, and it is a primary justification for the use of Body-Worn Cameras (BWCs) by police. Though there is little direct research, a study conducted by the Rialto (California) Police Department suggests that BWCs can have a positive effect on police behavior. More...

Body Cameras-Mandatory for all Cops?

by Anita Setnor Byer, Founder - sci-Shot5/11/2015
Police Body Cameras

Today's technology lets us see police activity that may have otherwise gone unseen. Recent high-profile incidents, including fatal shootings by law enforcement in South Carolina and Oklahoma, have many clamoring to see more. This has prompted a push for the mandatory use of Body-Worn Cameras (BWCs) by law enforcement officers. The President even proposed funding to increase the use of BWCs nationwide.

Those advocating for the mandatory use of BWCs certainly have a compelling argument. Footage of the fatal Tulsa shooting should, at the very least, trigger an evaluation of current departmental deadly force guidelines and training policies. Though not captured by a BWC, murder charges were filed against the North Charleston (SC) police officer after footage of the fatal shooting surfaced. More...

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