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Exploring the impact of body-worn video on the everyday behaviours of police officers

Harrison, Karen; L’Hoiry, Xavier; Santorso, Simone


Karen Harrison

Xavier L’Hoiry

Simone Santorso


The use of body-worn video in Police Forces in England and Wales is not new. On the whole, evaluations have been positive, although, there is little evidence regarding how beneficial the cameras can be in terms of how they impact on the everyday behaviours of police officers. This article looks at how the implementation of BWV into one police force in England impacted on the behaviour of those officers who wore the technology. While the dominant view is positive, concerns as to privacy infringements and the use of BWV footage as a potential tool for supervisory surveillance emerged.


Harrison, K., L’Hoiry, X., & Santorso, S. (2022). Exploring the impact of body-worn video on the everyday behaviours of police officers. Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles, 95(2), 363-377.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 2, 2021
Online Publication Date Mar 19, 2021
Publication Date Jun 1, 2022
Deposit Date Apr 1, 2021
Publicly Available Date Apr 1, 2021
Journal Police Journal
Print ISSN 0032-258X
Electronic ISSN 1740-5599
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 95
Issue 2
Pages 363-377
Keywords Body-worn video; Impact on policing behaviour
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