Leading an Experiment in Police Body-Worn Video Cameras

Paul Drover*, Barak Ariel

*Corresponding author for this work

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Body-worn video (BWV) is seen internationally as having the potential to reduce public complaints against police, police use of force, and attrition of prosecutions due to lack of physical evidence. Beyond the Cambridge trial in Rialto, California, however, no studies have tested the effects of BWV. The present study documents a Police leaders’ implementation of a randomized controlled trial of the use of BWV. The main objectives are to identify the challenges to implementing a trial and identify how they were overcome. The solutions to these challenges may provide key lessons for police leaders, not only as they undertake evidence-based testing, but also as they manage police operations and implement change.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)80-97
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Criminal Justice Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - 10 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • body-worn video
  • implementation
  • police experiments
  • randomized controlled trials
  • resistance to change
  • tracking police performance


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