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Body-worn cameras 'on the move': exploring the contextual, technical and ethical challenges in policing practice

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Miranda D (2022) Body-worn cameras 'on the move': exploring the contextual, technical and ethical challenges in policing practice. Policing and Society, 32 (1), pp. 18-34. https://doi.org/10.1080/10439463.2021.1879074

Abstract
The body-worn camera (BWC), an audio and video recording device, has been increasingly adopted by law enforcement across the globe. Drawing on a qualitative study, this paper will explore the use of these mobile devices in the UK and examine the challenges that have been faced during its implementation in two British police forces. In particular, we will discuss how these cameras move with the police officer’s bodily movements (both intentionally and unintentionally) and are used for policing purposes in different settings (such as urban and rural contexts or different operational units). Based on a set of semi-structured interviews with 26 police officers, this article will explore the contextual, technical and ethical challenges that hinder the use of BWCs in such settings. This study concludes that these practical and techno-social challenges are often interlinked. The context of use of these cameras and how they operate technically are connected, often raising significant ethical issues particularly for data management and storage. Ultimately it is argued that the operational perspective of the frontline officer is invaluable when designing and implementing technologies so they are 'policeman-proof'.

Keywords
Law; Sociology and Political Science; Body-worn cameras; policing; technology; visual surveillance

Journal
Policing and Society: Volume 32, Issue 1

StatusPublished
FundersESRC Economic and Social Research Council
Publication date31/12/2022
Publication date online30/04/2021
Date accepted by journal15/01/2021
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/34019
PublisherInforma UK Limited
ISSN1043-9463
eISSN1477-2728

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Dr Diana Miranda
Dr Diana Miranda

Lecturer in Criminology, Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

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