Body-Worn Cameras and Memory

Body-Worn Cameras and Memory


Force Science Institute (2020)


Von Kliem


Body-worn cameras can’t replace an officer’s perceptions, but they can be extraordinarily valuable when they confirm the presence of weapons, capture resistance, and verify de-escalation attempts. What’s more, it is expected that the presence of cameras encourages people on both sides of the lens to be the best version of themselves as they interact.

But beyond the external restraint that a body cam might place on behavior, video has long been thought as an important tool for enhancing an officer’s memory. The expected result is more complete and accurate memories for report writing, interview preparation, and courtroom testimony.

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