Researcher Sander Flight examined whether bodycamera’s have value to policing. In his search he came across 9 foreign researches (USA, UK and Canada) that questioned if using body cameras would reduce agression. Five of the nine studies showed that this was the case, ranging from 14% to 87% less violence.
What stands out from his research is the finding that a bodycam doesnt work by itself. It’s important that the body camera can be used for police work and is capable of a number of things such as having a very wide viewing angle, can be attached to uniforms, LED feedback on status and how long and where all the captured images are saved.
The researcher recommends using a follow-up study to measure the effects of bodycam use in the Netherlands. This follow-up study in which pilots are evaluated, may reveal how, where, in what circumstances and in what manner equipping the police with body cameras could go properly.
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The entire report is available on the website Politie & Wetenschap (Dutch).