Body Worn Cameras

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In order for the type of proactive broken window policing to take place, officers must be self-motivated to take action. Thus far, there has been significant difficulty in obtaining officer buy-in to body-worn cameras (Drover & Ariel 2015). Officers’ perceptions of body-worn cameras have not changed even after implementation (Young & Ready, 2014). In some studies, the officers’ positive impression of the use of body-worn cameras has diminished after cameras are obtained (Katz et al., 2014).
The research conducted to this point of the effect of body-worn cameras on policing is lacking the connection between their use and self-initiated policing. The Mesa, Arizona study showed more self-initiated citizen contacts, but a reduction in stop-and-frisk encounters and arrests (Ready & Young, 2015). Katz et al. (2014) also determined that over a third of officers surveyed felt they would conduct less
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The sample of patrol officers will then be assigned subgroups on the amount of time they have worked in patrol. This research will be comparing the secondary data for the two years prior to body-worn cameras and the two years after body-worn cameras. Because of the time frame being studied, officers with less than four years of patrol experience will not be examined. This allows officers to be assigned to subgroups of years in patrol by four year groupings. For example, 4-8 years, 9-13 years, 14-17 years. These groups will continue to the 30 year retirement standard in North Carolina law enforcement. The officers in the patrol division will be placed in a subgroup. The random sampling drawn from the patrol division will be proportionate to the makeup of the subgroups. This proportional stratified sampling will provide the most accurate depiction of proactive policing of patrol officers equipped with body-worn
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