Police Officer Body-Worn Cameras: Assessing the Evidence   [open pdf - 6MB]

From the Executive Summary: "In recent years, technological innovation has continually shaped law enforcement, from less-lethal devices (e.g., TASER) and forensic evidence to advanced crime analysis. The most recent technological innovation that may redefine policing is officer body-worn camera systems. The technology has received considerable attention in the media and among policing officials. For example, in her August 2013 ruling that declared the New York Police Department's (NYPD) stop, question, and frisk program unconstitutional, Judge Shira Scheindlin included body-worn cameras as part of the judicial order. On September 11, 2013, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) held a conference on the technology. Although advocates and critics have made numerous claims regarding body-worn cameras, there have been few balanced discussions of the benefits and problems associated with the technology and even fewer discussions of the empirical evidence supporting or refuting those claims. This publication provides a review of the available evidence on officer body-worn cameras. The goal is to provide a comprehensive resource that will help law enforcement agencies to understand the factors they should consider to make informed decisions regarding the adoption of body-worn camera technology."

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