Date of Award

4-8-2019

Document Type

Thesis and Dissertation

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Department of Criminal Justice Sciences

First Advisor

Ashley Farmer

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if officers’ perceptions of Body-Worn Cameras (BWCs) changed over the course of a six-month pilot program. Officers from a Midwest police department were surveyed prior to or shortly after receiving their BWCs (Pre-Test) and again approximately six months later (Post-Test). Once completed, independent samples t-tests, mean comparisons, and Pearson’s correlations were used to analyze the data. This study did not produce many significant differences in officers’ perceptions over the course of the study, according to t-test results. However, several significant differences were found after each shift was analyzed separately. Overall, less than 35% of officers felt negative about the deployment of BWCs. There were substantial deviations in officers’ perspectives on the BWCs, mainly by shift. Further, experience was found to be more significantly correlated with positive feelings towards the BWCs, especially in their beliefs they would make officers safer, decrease or exonerate complaints, producing better evidence, and having less equipment difficulties. However, the majority of officers also believed the cameras could make them slower to respond to aggression.

Comments

Imported from ProQuest Veerman_ilstu_0092N_11469.pdf

DOI

http://doi.org/10.30707/ETD2019.Veerman.A

Page Count

106

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