Surveillance, accountability and fairness: Police arrestees’ experience and opinions of police body-worn cameras in Australia

E. Taylor1, M. Lee2, M. Willis3 and A. Gannoni4

1 Australian National University
2 University of Sydney
3 Australian Institute of Criminology
4 Australian Institute of Criminology

Body-worn video (BWV) cameras are increasingly used by Australian frontline police. First trialled in Western Australia in 2007, the use of wearable cameras by law enforcement is rapidly growing. Despite significant investment in this technology, very little is known about the impact of cameras on offenders, witnesses, the public, or indeed on police behaviour. Representing a world-first, this study examined the perceptions of arrestees about their views and experiences of police body-worn cameras. Interviews were conducted with 899 individuals within 48 hours of their arrest. The findings unveil the views and experiences of arrestees in relation to police body-worn cameras in four state capitals in Australia.


Dr Emmeline Taylor is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Sociology at the Australian National University

Murray Lee is Professor of Criminology at the Sydney Law School and Sydney Institute of Criminology at the University of Sydney. He is author or co-author of six books and more than 50 scholarly articles and book chapters. His key interest is in representations and public perceptions of crime and crime control.

Matthew Willis is a Research Manager with the Australian Institute of Criminology

Alexandra Gannoni is a Research Analyst with the Australian Institute of Criminology


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