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Lights, Camera, Redaction... Police Body-Worn Cameras: Autonomy, Discretion and Accountability

Taylor, Emmeline (2016) Lights, Camera, Redaction... Police Body-Worn Cameras: Autonomy, Discretion and Accountability Surveillance & Society, 14 (1). pp. 128-132.

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Abstract

Technological devices with audio and visual capabilities have played a long and active role in policing. However, recent years have seen a dramatic rise in the range and sophistication of technologies being integrated into routine police work. Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) was first installed in London in the 1960s, later becoming mobile as redeployable cameras were introduced to chase crime hotspots around the city (Taylor and Gill 2014). Cameras could be considered the equivalent of the police notebook, but only if it is accepted that pages of the notebook can be rewritten, edited, modified; even torn out entirely. That is why redaction, or more specifically, limiting the discretion of police officers to select when to record, is critical to ensuring they bring greater transparency, fairness and accountability. Visual recording technology can bring a degree of objectivity, or at least provide some insight into contested events. That said, subjectivities enacted by the view of the camera must also be taken into consideration.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Taylor, Emmelineemmeline.taylor@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 January 2016
Copyright Disclaimer : © The author, 2016. Licensed to the Surveillance Studies Network under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives license.
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 23 May 2017 12:24
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 19:21
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/841062

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