18 July 2015

Do Wearable Body Cameras Get Results?

Do Wearable Body Cameras Get Results?

The U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) issued an important study on wearable body cameras last fall.

Implementing a Body-Worn Camera Program: Recommendations and Lessons Learned highlights the positive outcomes of a deployment by the Mesa (Ariz.) Police Department.

Among the results:

  • Eight months after the camera deployment, there were nearly three times as many complaints against officers without cameras as against those with cameras.
  • Officers with cameras had 40 percent fewer total complaints during the pilot program, and 75 percent fewer use-of-force complaints.

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