Have Police Body-Worn Cameras Lived Up To Their Expectations?


“We do not know with great certainty whether cameras can save lives or reduce injuries. Studies examining the impact of Body-worn cameras on officer use of force are equivocal; some studies indicate cameras might be able to reduce use of force while other studies show little effect of cameras on use of force. In terms of assaults on officers, findings from six studies indicate that that cameras make no difference in terms of whether or not officers are assaulted, while three studies find that assaults on officers wearing cameras could increase,” Cynthia Lum, CJRA Expert.