Study on Use of Force and Police Body Cameras

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A new study has been looking into whether or not the use of police worn body cameras has any effect on police use of force against suspects. Conversely, the study also explored whether or not the police use of the cameras effects assaults against police. The results are fascinating.

In short, the study found that officers who kept their body cameras running all day showed a decrease in use of force incidents. Officers’ who turned their cameras on and off during their shift at their discretion showed an increase in use of force incidents. But perhaps most surprisingly, the study showed that police who wore body cameras–whether they were switched on or off– were 15% more likely to be attacked and or assaulted while in the line of duty! Read the entire article here.