Predictors of police body-worn camera acceptance: digging deeper into officers’ perceptions

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  • Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine individual-level factors related to police body-worn camera (BWC) acceptance. Design/methodology/approach: Surveys were completed by 119 officers from one northwestern police agency a year after BWC deployment. Relationships between demographics, job characteristics, cultural attitudes, organizational justice perceptions and BWC acceptance were examined. Findings: Supervisors, as well as officers who had worn BWCs longer, worked the most active patrol shifts, and viewed their supervisors as critical, reported more BWC acceptance. Other indicators of culture and organizational justice were not significant. Originality/value: BWCs offer many benefits, but to realize these outcomes officers must accept and use the technology. Research shows wide variations in officer acceptance of BWCs. These findings suggest some officers view BWCs as helpful in dealing with job stressors, including supervisory responsibilities, high volumes of calls and critical supervisors, and tend to grow more accepting of them over time.
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  • Todak N; Gaub JE
  • Start Page

  • 299
  • End Page

  • 313
  • Volume

  • 43
  • Issue

  • 2