Hoping to be Ala way to decrease police brutality and civilian complaints against officers, body-worn cameras are fast being adopted by police forces across North America — including in Toronto, where a year-long pilot project has just wrapped up.
Research out of the University of Toronto suggests the growing number of police services testing or adopting the technology should wait before investing in a costly tool whose merits, researchers say, have yet to be proven.
“It’s not a magic bullet,” said Erick Laming, a University of Toronto PhD criminology student who is studying the efficiency of the cameras. “This technology could be amazing, it could be awesome. But jumping the gun and doing it blindly is not the way to go,” Laming said. “We have to slow down and look at it more comprehensively.”
Do you think police body-worn cameras will help to prevent police brutality and curb crime, or is this just another PR move from the Toronto Police Department?
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