Discussion paper

DP16578 De-escalation technology: the impact of body-worn cameras on citizen-police interactions

We provide experimental evidence that monitoring of the police activity through body-worn cameras reduces use-of-force, handcuffs and arrests, and enhances criminal reporting. Stronger treatment effects occur on events classified ex-ante of low seriousness. Monitoring effects are moderated by officer rank, which is consistent with a career concern motive by junior officers. Overall, results show that the use of body-worn cameras de-escalates conflicts.

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Citation

Fetzer, T, P Souza, D Barbosa and C Vieira (eds) (2021), “DP16578 De-escalation technology: the impact of body-worn cameras on citizen-police interactions”, CEPR Press Discussion Paper No. 16578. https://cepr.org/publications/dp16578-0