Accountability at Its Finest: Front Line Workers Responding to the Use of Body-Worn Cameras
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Recent, incidences of police brutality have received national attention and sparked discourse as well as outrage among various communities. Academics, practitioners, activists, policy makers, and some police departments have streamlined the implementation of BWC technology to combat this negative attention being highlighted. Many have pegged this instrument as the panacea to remedy all problems between communities and police officers.
While this new wave of technology for the police officer is implemented in many departments across the country, little research measures its impact. Lum et al. (2015), identified that the rapid adoption of BWC without high-quality information and its impact can lead to unanticipated and unintended consequences which may work against rebuilding trust between communities and police officers.
The purpose of this study is to examine how the impact of BWC technology influences the amount of crime reported. The data draws from D.C. official crime reporting statistics from 2008-2016. To test the impacts of the implementation of BWC a difference in difference technique is employed. Preliminary findings suggest that there has been an increase in the amount of property crime reported as a direct result of the BWC technology. Additionally, this paper adds to the growing body of knowledge surrounding how street level bureaucrats respond to increased accountability measures, the role of implementation and technological changesin public organizations.