Body-worn cameras and policing

An event in the Michaelmas term Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention seminar series. No booking necessary, but please arrive early to guarantee a seat.

Police use of wearable technologies, particularly in the form of body worn cameras (BWCs), is now ubiquitous. The ability of the police to record their interactions with members of the public has been characterised as a major shift in policing, with implications on a wide set of policing matters, including police legitimacy, the use of force, complaints, health and safety of officers, as well as the potential infringement of privacy rights in the public domain. Research can only try to keep up with the massive adoption of these devices, yet the available evidence lays out a mixed reality on the utility as well as the cost-effectiveness of this arguably promising technology.