Published: Sun, October 22, 2017
Economy | By Shawn Conner

Body cameras don't change police behavior, new study finds

Body cameras don't change police behavior, new study finds

Authorities say the police officers will start wearing them after training begins on November 1. "There was no indication that the cameras changed behavior at all".

Since then, excessive use of force and shootings by police have remained relatively low.

Part of the issue is that the study acknowledges that police misconduct is not a widespread problem in the DC police department.

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The study cautions that police departments adopting body-worn cameras should adjust their expectations.

The authors of the report say it would be incorrect to draw a direct correlation between the effects of all body cameras and all police forces. There is no way to determine whether that is true. In a statement released by Mayor Bowser's office, the mayor's office and police department express confidence that the body-worn cameras can still provide opportunities to train officers. A body camera can be used to help either exonerate an officer or confirm officer misconduct when a complaint is filed.

There are now no state laws regarding a general policy of use for body-worn cameras in law enforcement, nor any laws dealing with the length of time law enforcement should store the videos.

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That seems to contradict public perception of body cams, but it also contradicts other studies that found them to be a useful tool in lowering use of force by police.

A three-month pilot project starting in January will bring body cameras to 15 city officers and 15 county deputies.

The company continued to delay the release date, so Chief Kral decided he couldn't wait any longer to have all officers equipped with body cameras.

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Police officers in a CT city will soon be wearing body cameras for the first time.

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