Do Body-Worn Cameras Improve Community Perceptions of the Police?


There is strong community advocacy for body-worn camera (BWC( adoption in the police force. A recent study featuring PISC External Advisory Board Member John H. Holmes, PhD, FACE, FACMI, evaluates the impact of BWCs in the NYPD on resident perceptions of police. Resident perceptions were evaluated through randomly selected telephone surveys. Resident surveys of BWC treated police precincts were compared to resident surveys of control precincts. Results indicate that no statistically significant differences were found among the two precincts. The team concludes that BWCs are most effective when implemented alongside evidence-based programs to improve police-community relations.


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