Although empirical research on the outcomes of the use of body-worn cameras (BWC) has been limited to reduction in the number of community member complaints, correlations have been seen between the use of BWCs and reductions in officer use-of-force incidents. In the United Kingdom, Inspector Steve Goodier of the Hampshire Constabulary says that the extended use of BWCs creates "an elevation in civility of police and community interactions."
Subject matter experts agree that implementing an effective BWC program requires a comprehensive understanding and exploration of key policy, technology, privacy, funding, training, and outreach considerations with direct input from all affected stakeholders, including law enforcement, prosecution, information technology, labor organizations, civic leaders, and community members.
Study Assesses Evidence
OJP Diagnostic Center publishes an assessment of the evidence to inform conversations about the impact, perceived benefits, and important considerations of using police-worn body cameras