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Kris Henning

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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Criminology and Criminal Justice and University Honors


Criminology and Criminal Justice


Wearable video devices in police work, Police-community relations, Campus police -- Public opinion, Community policing, Universities and colleges -- Security measures




Throughout history, police-community relations have often been called into question. In an era of instantaneous communication through social media and other outlets, media coverage of events involving perceived police misconduct can have an instant impact on the public trust of the police and their perceptions of the police as legitimate. Just as evolving technology can have a negative impact on perceptions of the police, officer body-worn cameras present departments with a novel outlet to rebuild and maintain trust and legitimacy within their communities. As campus law enforcement agencies continue to be tasked with the equivalent roles of their municipal counterparts, the impacts of trust and legitimacy trickle upon campus police officers. The purpose of this paper is to assess the value of implementing body-worn cameras in modern policing, with a particular focus on campus policing, through relevant research from multiple disciplines of criminal justice, sociology, psychology, and law.


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