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Perceptions or Reality? Body Cameras, Police Officers and Citizens

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Backwoods Bistro
401 E. Tennessee St.
(corner of Gadsden)

Increasingly, citizens, policymakers and activists are cognizant of the everyday behavior of police officers, because of increased negative confrontations between police officers and citizens. Consequently, the autonomous nature of police organizations is fading as police are adopting a myriad of policies to alleviate negative community policing relations.

One such policy innovation has been the introduction of body worn cameras (BWC) to hold citizens and police officers more accountable for their actions. As BWC use increases, little is known about what effect it is having on police officers and citizens.

In his presentation, Assistant Professor James Wright of the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy will highlight citizens' perceptions of BWC technology, as well as how the introduction of BWC changes reported crime rates. After the brief talk, the public will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in a dialogue on the topic.

Wright joined the FSU faculty in fall 2018. His research interests include public management, social equity, public policy analysis and criminal justice policy.

The public is encouraged to interact with our faculty and each other at this highly informative free event, which takes place in a casual, social atmosphere. Because Policy Pubs are very well attended, arrive early to get a convenient parking spot and a good table inside.


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