Police body cameras ‘cut complaints against officers’ says research


Camera Lenssource: BBC News
published: 29 September 2016

Police body cameras can dramatically reduce the number of complaints against officers, research suggests. The Cambridge University study showed complaints by members of the public against officers fell by 93% over 12 months compared with the year before.

Almost 2,000 officers across four UK forces and two US police departments were monitored for the project. Dr Barak Ariel, who led the research, said no other policing measure had led to such “radical” changes.

The study aimed to find out if the use of cameras, which are usually clipped to the top half of an officer’s uniform, affected complaints against police made by the public.

The experiment involved police from Northern Ireland, the West Midlands, West Yorkshire, and Cambridgeshire, as well as the Rialto and Ventura police departments in California, working for a total of almost 1.5 million hours.

[In a BBC interview 4WardEver’s Tippa Naphtali said; “We have campaigned for body cameras and a whole host of other reforms within West Midlands Police”, He went on to say “If body cams were used during the arrest of my cousin, Mikey Powell, this would have made the legal case and lot more straightforward and beyond doubt of what took place”.]

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