ASU Researcher To Study Police Body Cameras In Tempe, Spokane

By Alexandra Olgin
Published: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 8:36am
Updated: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 12:12pm
Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez/KJZZ
A Mesa police officer demonstrates a body camera.

The use of body cameras by police officers has soared in recent years. Now an Arizona State University researcher will look at how cameras affect officers and citizens.

The study will focus on police departments in Tempe and Spokane, Wash., for two years.

Michael White, a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, is the lead researcher. He says he is looking to study both officer and citizen attitudes and responses to the body cameras.

“We are going to be contacting citizens who have interactions with police officers who are wearing cameras and we will be asking them about that interaction," White said. "What they thought about officer wearing camera; did it make them feel good about the contact and about the officer or did it aggravate them in any kind of way.”

The study will also track use of force and complaints against officers. And it will also analyze how cases where the police officer was wearing a camera plays out in court. 

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect Michael White's position at ASU's School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

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