Body-worn camera survey underway during R.I.D.E.

The DRPS Body-Worn Camera (BWC) project will be conducting a survey as part of their Festive R.I.D.E. program this year. Community members passing through the R.I.D.E. line between November 20 and December 8 can expect to be offered the opportunity to take part in the evaluation of the BWC project.

Led by Dr. Alana Saulnier of Lakehead University, a team of researchers will be offering random members of the community an opportunity to participate in a survey. This brief online survey is being conducted by Lakehead University and responses are completely anonymous.

The objective of the study is to use a randomized control trial to assess public attitudes on BWCs such as public perceptions of procedural justice, police legitimacy, and support for BWC during a routine encounter with community members in the field. The evaluation will assist the force in identifying the independent impact that BWCs may or may not have on public attitudes towards police.

If you are interested in learning more about the DRPS BWC pilot project, send a note to bwc@drps.ca. If you’d like to know more about the evaluation you are encouraged to contact Sgt. Jason Bagg at jbagg@drps.ca or Dr. Alana Saulnier of Lakehead University at alana.saulnier@lakeheadu.ca.

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