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Researchers from the University of Cambridge's Institute of Criminology (IoC) have now published the first full scientific study of the landmark crime experiment they conducted on policing with body-worn-cameras in Rialto, California in 2012 -- the results of which have been cited by police departments around the world as justification for rolling out this technology.
The experiment showed that evidence capture is just one output of body-worn video, and the technology is perhaps most effective at actually preventing escalation during police-public interactions: whether that's abusive behaviour towards police or unnecessary use-of-force by police.
During the 12-month Rialto experiment, use-of-force by officers wearing cameras fell by 59% and reports against officers dropped by 87% against the previous year's figures.
With institutionalised body-worn-camera use, an officer is obliged to issue a warning from the start that an encounter is being filmed, impacting the psyche of all involved by conveying a straightforward, pragmatic message: we are all being watched, videotaped and expected to follow the rules," he said.
I also believe all cameras should be monitored by a civvy organization. Police agencies shouldn't have a problem with the if they re all on the up and up, i mean they do protect the cops rights as well as the citizens.
Great idea, if made a public record. Video footage and incriminating evidence does seem to have a tendency to 'go missing'.
The day's gonna come when all of us will be acclimatised to being recorded all day long.
originally posted by: Skid Mark
It's a great idea but what's to stop them from "losing" or editing incriminating footage? It could happen.
It shouldn't require cameras to make people more honest and yet apparently it does. Sad world, eh?
originally posted by: Kandinsky
a reply to: tothetenthpower
As long as bad cops do bad things and bad people make false claims, these body cameras seem to be the best way forward. That huge decrease in complaints against police indicates how many false, litigious claims are made.