Body-worn cameras to improve police accountability are effective

Body-worn cameras to improve police accountability are effective

Police worn body cameras have been the latest development in monitoring police misconduct and deadly shootings. However long before this development, video recording from CCTV surveillance, dashboard-mounted cameras and cell phones helped in collecting evidence of police misconduct. The issue of body-worn cameras revolves around whether they will be useful in helping police officers stay accountable while on duty while at the same time, avoid infringing on citizens right to privacy.

 

With such concerns, there need to be better policies which will govern the use of body cameras to strike a balance on their application to avoid infringing on people’s right to privacy. Developing these policies is however tricky because of different variables in the police agencies in the United States. These variables are such as the different policies in these agencies, relationship between the police and communities they work with and policies on data. There are also concerns revolving around the costs of these cameras and data storage, given that not all surveillance collected may be of use to the police.

 

Thesis statement: The argument on body-worn cameras to improve police accountability is effective.

The purpose of this text is to analyze the suitability of body cameras and how effective they can be in promoting police accountability. The authors of the document start by assessing the extent to which body is worn have increased accountability, and argue that there needs to be policies to help improve the use of body cameras hence police accountability. It goes on to analyze the impact of surveillance and the cost it would have on privacy, in abide to see whether there are viable trade-offs that would make way for the use of body-worn cameras.

 

The audience of this is policy makers in police state agencies and the general public. The authors lay out an argument which would open a series of discussions on the viability of body-worn cameras and seeks to prove the fact that they would help in promoting police accountability. Some of the killings and police brutality witnessed in the past prove the fact that had police-worn body cameras, and it would have been easier to prosecute them on the grounds of using

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