Police Body-Worn Camera (BWC) survey evaluation moves forward

Community members interacting with officers in Durham Region Police Service (DRPS) West Division over the last several months can expect to be offered the opportunity to take part in the evaluation of the DRPS Body Worn Camera (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 this study is to use a randomized controlled trial to assess the impact of police use of BWCs on key public attitudes following a police-citizen contact. This aspect of the BWC evaluation will assist the DRPS in identifying the impact that BWCs may (or may not) have on public attitudes towards the police. Identifying such effects are invaluable to a comprehensive evaluation of the value of adopting BWCs for the DRPS. In addition, the project is also incredibly important to the broader study of police use of BWCs in Canada.

Any persons interested in learning more about the DRPS BWC pilot project please contact us at bwc@drps.ca.

If you wish to know more about the evaluation, we encourage you to contact Sgt. Jason Bagg of the DRPS (jbagg@drps.ca) or Dr. Alana Saulnier of Lakehead University (alana.saulnier@lakeheadu.ca).

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