Recent use-of-force events have led law enforcement agencies, citizens, civil rights groups, city councils, and even the President to push for the rapid adoption of body-worn camera (BWC) technology. In a period of less than a year, BWCs transformed from a technology that received little attention by many police leaders and scholars to one that has become rapidly prioritized, funded, and diffused into local policing. At the same time, this rapid adoption of BWCs is occurring within a low information environment; researchers are only beginning to develop knowledge about the effects, both intentional and unintentional, of this technology. Much more research is needed to understand the intended and unintended impacts and consequences of cameras.

LumBWCC. Lum, C.S. Koper, L. Merola, A. Scherer and A. Rieoux (2015). Existing and Ongoing Body Worn Camera Research: Knowledge Gaps and Opportunities. This report by Lum et al. for the Laura and John Arnold Foundation documents all existing AND ongoing research on BWC as of December 2015. Research questions for each of the 42 studies found are categorized and mapped, identifying areas where more research is needed. Note: This research assessment will be updated periodically on this site as new research is developed.


BWCProsecutorsL. Merola, C. Lum, C.S. Koper, and A. Scherer (2016). Body Worn Cameras and the Courts: A National Survey of State Prosecutors. This report by Merola et al. for the Laura and John Arnold Foundation documents a national survey of state prosecutors regarding their views on Body Worn Cameras.