WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) today announced a landmark $1.6 million investment in foundational research on police body-worn cameras (BWCs) to determine what impact this emerging technology has on public safety, policing strategies, and community perceptions of law enforcement.
Recent controversies surrounding police use of force have generated tremendous interest in BWCs for officers across the nation. Yet, the technology is relatively new, and there is little research currently available to indicate what impact BWCs will have, or when and how they can be most effective.
“A growing number of agencies are using body-worn cameras in an effort to reduce violence, enhance police training, strengthen community relations, and aid in the prosecution of crimes,” LJAF Vice President of Criminal Justice Anne Milgram explained. “This research will help to answer critical questions and identify best practices for the use of the technology.”
Announced today during a briefing at the United States Capitol, LJAF will fund four major studies:
The researchers will publish reports and articles about their findings and will deliver presentations at various conferences. LJAF is funding the studies as part of its broader strategy to investigate promising practices that have the potential to transform the criminal justice system.
About the Laura and John Arnold Foundation
LJAF is a private foundation committed to producing substantial, widespread, and lasting reforms that will maximize opportunities and minimize injustice in our society. Its strategic investments are currently focused in criminal justice, education, public accountability, and research integrity. LJAF has offices in Houston and New York City. www.arnoldfoundation.org.