Police body cameras ‘cut complaints against officers’ – BBC News

The Cambridge University study showed complaints by members of the public against officers fell by 93% over 12 months compared with the year before.Almost 2,000 officers across four UK forces and two US police departments were monitored for the project.Dr Barak Ariel, who led the research, said no other policing measure had led to such “radical” changes.The study aimed to find out if the use of cameras, which are usually clipped to the top half of an officer’s uniform, affected complaints against police made by the public.The experiment involved police from Northern Ireland, the West Midlands, West Yorkshire, and Cambridgeshire, as well as the Rialto and Ventura police departments in California, working for a total of almost 1.5 million hours.The findings, published in the journal Criminal Justice and Behaviour, showed there were 113 complaints made against officers during the year trial period, compared with 1,539 in the 12 months before – a reduction of 93%.

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