ERA

Download the full-sized PDF of Any Body Could Be Watching: Policing with Body Worn Video Cameras in the Canadian PrairiesDownload the full-sized PDF

Analytics

Share

Permanent link (DOI): https://doi.org/10.7939/R3WW7796C

Download

Export to: EndNote  |  Zotero  |  Mendeley

Communities

This file is in the following communities:

Graduate Studies and Research, Faculty of

Collections

This file is in the following collections:

Theses and Dissertations

Any Body Could Be Watching: Policing with Body Worn Video Cameras in the Canadian Prairies Open Access

Descriptions

Other title
Subject/Keyword
Body Worn Video
Body Worn Camera
Police
Policing
surveillance
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Topinka, Neil B.
Supervisor and department
Haggerty, Kevin (Sociology)
Examining committee member and department
Haggerty, Kevin (Sociology)
Penney, Steven (Law)
Hogeveen, Bryan (Sociology)
Department
Department of Sociology
Specialization

Date accepted
2016-08-29T09:38:22Z
Graduation date
2016-06:Fall 2016
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
My thesis is concerned with how law enforcement officers make sense of and use the new visibility created by body worn video (BWV) and in-vehicle video (IVV) in the context of their work. The data comes from a case study of a small policing organization in the Canadian prairies. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews and observation. The study found that officers are generally proponents of the two video technologies, acknowledging that the benefits they provide are inextricably linked to certain difficulties and shortcomings. The benefits of video relate primarily to how it can support officer testimony while discrediting competing narratives; video can help dismiss unfounded complaints and charges against officers, and provide highly credible evidence for certain prosecutorial scenarios. Concerns that officers expressed about IVV and BWV relate to the amount of work required to maintain and use cameras to their greatest potential, the limitations of the technology to capture or convey important details, and the capacity to undermine officer testimony. This research suggests that the visibility generated by IVV and BWV and effects thereof arise through the interaction of organizational, legal, technological, and social factors.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3WW7796C
Rights
This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private, scholarly or scientific research. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
Citation for previous publication

File Details

Date Uploaded
Date Modified
2016-08-29T15:38:22.919+00:00
Audit Status
Audits have not yet been run on this file.
Characterization
File format: pdf (PDF/A)
Mime type: application/pdf
File size: 1122843
Last modified: 2016:11:16 15:20:42-07:00
Filename: Topinka_Neil_B_201608_MA.pdf
Original checksum: 560633d29adacaa483a52e54b91b5b8f
Activity of users you follow
User Activity Date