In this brief video, Joshua Young, who is in his third year as a LEADS scholar, talks about his research on the impact of body-worn cameras by patrol officers, as well as his experience in interacting with other LEADS scholars.
The National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ’s) Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Scholar Program gives selected law enforcement officers exposure to the role of research and science in the development of law enforcement policies and practices. Each scholar becomes a participant in a research project and interacts with other LEADS scholars in discussions of research methods and findings that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of law enforcement agencies. Officer Young’s research project was to conduct a field study of the impact of police patrol officers using body-worn cameras while on duty. With guidance from researchers at the University of Cambridge, this research determined that the wearing of body-worn cameras reduced citizen complaints against police and provided evidence that increased convictions. He also discusses the role of the American Society of Evidence Based Policing, which shares NIJ’s efforts in the LEADS Program in prioritizing evidence-based law enforcement policies and practices.
Date Published: October 1, 2018
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