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Automated policing: The case of body-worn video

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Ben Bowling, Shruti Iyer

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-161
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Law in Context
Issue number2
Early online date20 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019


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This paper examines the impact of body-worn video (BWV) on the police craft skills of close observation, note-taking, investigative analysis, report-writing and preparation of evidence for the courts. It explains how the technology functions and explores its surveillant, investigative, probative and regulatory applications. The evidence shows that policing tasks are being transformed by BWV cameras and analytics such as facial recognition. The paper argues that BWV exemplifies the automation of policing - the replacement of police labour with mechanical devices - and explores the implications of this for transparency, accountability, fairness and police discretion.

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