BWC TTA Updates

In 2013, the Park City Police Department (PCPD) decided BWCs might help its officers better serve their 8,000 full-time residents and the 100,000 tourists that descend on the city during peak season. They were right—after BWCs were deployed, uses of force dropped by 42 percent and complaints declined drastically. According to the city prosecutor, the courts also benefited. Clearance rates went up and trials using BWC evidence were stronger and shorter. However, as with most programs, BWCs come with both benefits and costs, and sometimes those costs are not anticipated. PCPD experienced these unanticipated costs firsthand.

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In this directory of outcomes, there are 30 entries divided into three categories: general population studies (n=15), studies of citizens who interacted with police (n=9), and studies of other stakeholders (prosecutors, judges, etc.; n=6). Quin Patterson and Drs. Janne Gaub, Michael D. White, and Aili Malm capture perceptions across different topics including general attitudes, evidentiary value, citizen impacts, and officer impacts.

Specific outcomes were not examined in every study. Studies used a mix of methods including in-person, online, and phone surveys, as well as in-person interviews and focus groups. Key themes are presented from each category of studies, including general population, citizens encountering police, and perceptions of other stakeholders.

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) is statutorily authorized to undertake criminal and juvenile justice planning, coordination, and policy analysis. PCCD consists of FY2018 and FY2019 BWCPIP grantees, with over 100 agencies within PCCD having received funding to date. This infographic provides information on the benefits of a regional approach to BWC implementation, and different information on PCCD regarding program types, how BWC evidence is stored, how many BWCs are purchased by each agency, and total PCCD funding by year. 

This webinar explored the latest research on the effect of BWCs on organizational and individual outcomes. Dr. Mike White provided introductory remarks, and Dr. Charles Katz facilitated the session. Speakers, Dr. Jennifer Wood (Temple University), Dr. Joel Miller (Rutgers University), and Dr. John McCluskey (Rochester Institute for Technology), presented on their most recent body-worn camera research findings. Dr. Wood’s project, titled “Behaving better in front of the lens: Possibilities of change according to police and residents in Philadelphia”; Dr. Miller’s project, titled “Do Police Body-Worn Cameras (BWCs) Reduce Citizen Fatalities? Results of a country-wide natural experiment”; and Dr. McCluskey’s project, titled “Video Data Analysis and Police Body-Worn Camera Footage” contribute to our broader knowledgebase surrounding the effects of BWCs across a range of outcomes.