The Deterrence Spectrum

Explaining Why Police Body-Worn Cameras 'Work' or 'Backfire' in Aggressive Police–Public Encounters

Published in: Policing, 2017

Posted on RAND.org on February 13, 2017

by Barak Ariel, Alex Sutherland, Darren Henstock, Josh Young, Gabriela Sosinski

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Police body-worn cameras (BWCs) are an increasingly prominent research area in criminal justice. This trend mirrors current practice, with more and more law enforcement agencies implementing or procuring BWCs. Yet the evidence on BWCs is substantially long on evidence but rather short on theory. Why should BWCs 'work' and under what conditions or on whom?

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