Research Shows Police Body-Worn Cameras Reduce Misconduct and Cost for Las Vegas

GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY, 8 DECEMBER 2017, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:

A study on the effects of body-worn cameras shows a significant reduction in complaints of police misconduct and use of force, as well as some cost savings.

The study, conducted by Virginia-based CNA Corporation, in cooperation with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) and the University of Las Vegas’ Center for Crime and Justice Policy, found a 37 percent reduction in the number of officers involved in use-of-force incidents and a 30 percent decrease in the number of officers with at least one complaint filed against them. Among the control group, officers not equipped with a camera, use-of-force increased 4 percent.

Researchers assigned 400 LVMPD officers body cams, while another 400 served as a control group.

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