Police-issued surveillance technologies: A systematic review and analysis of the research

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Henne, Kathryn
Shore, Krystle
Harb, Jenna

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Public demands for police accountability, particularly in relation to misconduct and excessive use-of-force, have placed pressure on law enforcement organisations to pursue reforms. The implementation of body-worn cameras (BWCs) is an increasingly popular response, adding to the range of police-issued surveillance technologies already used by law enforcement. This report details findings from a systematic analysis of police-issued surveillance technology research in relation to police misconduct. The study combines a systematic review of research on police-issued surveillance technologies’ effect on police misconduct with a qualitative textual analysis that scrutinised the particular claims supported by experimental research. Results demonstrate the evidence base is inconsistent and a propensity for this research to narrowly conceptualise these technologies as independent, stable interventions. The report reveals the shortcomings of experimental research in understanding contingent social interactions, which reflect broader challenges for evaluation research of police practices.

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Henne, Kathryn, Shore, Krystle, and Harb, Jenna. 2020. Police-Issued Surveillance Technologies: A Systematic Review and Analysis of the Research, Australian National University, Justice and Technoscience Lab,Canberra.

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