Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Body-worn cameras, procedural justice, and police legitimacy
by Escutia, Xochitl, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 50; 10196208
Abstract (Summary)

As technology advances, law enforcement agencies continue to implement new strategies to effectively control crime and preserve social order. Over the past two years, several key events have shifted public concerns from crime control to police-community relations. In an effort to improve these relations and increase police legitimacy, many police agencies have recently implemented body-worn cameras. These devices have several presumed advantages, including the enhancement of procedural justice practices. Research on procedural justice links the quality of treatment and quality of officer decision-making to police legitimacy and higher levels of citizen satisfaction. Thus, this study analyzes how the application of body-worn cameras affects perceptions of procedural justice and citizen satisfaction. Using data collected from community member surveys, results show that fair officer treatment towards community members and impartial officer decision-making practices positively impact police interactions. Such practices combined with body-worn cameras can increase citizen satisfaction.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Malm, Aili
Commitee: Scott-Hayward, Christine, Vogel, Brenda
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Criminology, Criminal Justice and Emergency Management
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Criminology
Keywords: Citizen satisfaction, Legitimacy, Police encounter, Procedural justice
Publication Number: 10196208
ISBN: 978-1-369-35635-9
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