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Body-worn cameras, procedural justice, and police legitimacy / by Xochitl Escutia.

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Canadian Policing Research Catalogue






Includes bibliographical references.


1 online resource (iv, 45pages)


M.C.J. California State University 2016.


" As technology advances, law enforcement agencies continue to implement new strategies to effectively control crime and preserve social order. Over the past 2 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 affectsperceptions 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."--page ii.


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