Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Police Officer Perception of the Use of Body-worn Cameras
by Logan, Mark, Ph.D., Capella University, 2019, 109; 22583148
Abstract (Summary)

The promotion of police operational transparency for maintaining or restoring trust and legitimacy in the eyes of the public continues to be a priority for police administrators. The strategy for improving transparency in police operations includes the introduction of using body cameras by police officers. This change in operational expectations has not been without implementation issues, such as the acquisition and practical application of this technology. Scientific research activity emerged regarding this change in police operational practice with focus on specific associations such as; police-citizen interaction, benefits of the technology, the reduction in the excessive use of force by police, along with the acceptance of this change by the police personnel. The purpose of this study was to identify relationships between the police perceptions in the use of body-worn cameras and perceptions of a procedurally just climate within the employing police agency.

This study utilized a quantitative nonexperimental correlation design to examine police officer perceptions in the use of body-worn cameras through the answering of questions derived from two Likert-type survey instruments. The participants of this study were police officers from a single public safety agency, which has implemented the use of body-worn cameras. The statistical examination revealed significant correlations between variables of a procedurally just climate and the officer’s opinion in using body-worn cameras. A significant implication identified in this study is the time in experience for a police officer is related to perceptions of wearing body cameras. This study provides significant implications of officer agreement with the adoption of using body-worn cameras for this agency, along with having perceptions of fair treatment and respect relating to supervisor behaviors and agency policies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Conis, Peter
Commitee: Wallace, Ronnie, Moran, Nathan
School: Capella University
Department: School of Public Service Leadership
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 81/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Criminology
Keywords: Behavior, Camera, Justice, Management, Perceptions, Police
Publication Number: 22583148
ISBN: 9781085703802
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