Date of Award

12-2016

Access Control

Open Access

Degree Name

Public Management, Graduate Certificate Program

Department

Political Science Department

Advisor

Dr. Scott Phillips

Department Home page

http://publicadministration.buffalostate.edu/

First Reader

Dr. Scott Phillips

Second Reader

Dr. Laurie Buonanno

Abstract

Police body-worn cameras have been advanced as a solution to disparate perceptions among the citizenry, public officials, community leaders, and the police themselves in the highly contested arena of police-citizen encounters. However, as with previous technological innovations in policing, it is important that the police themselves are comfortable with the technology. This is a report of a survey conducted on police officers’ perceptions of body-worn cameras in Buffalo and Rochester police departments, which uses a survey instrument administered with the Los Angeles Police Department. This study found similar attitudes toward body cameras not only among Buffalo and Rochester police officers, but also with Los Angeles. Recommendations include using the Bureau of Justice National Toolkit when considering a body-worn camera program, which addresses many of the concerns police officers expressed in this study.