Perception of New Jersey Law Enforcement on Body-Worn Cameras

Compton, Douglas F. Jr
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The purpose of this non-experimental study was to examine law enforcement officers from New Jersey on their perception of the use of body-worn cameras. Invitations for participation in this study were sent to the chief executive officer of 10 organizations explaining that the questionnaire was comprised of five independent variables: Demographics, Frequency of Use, Attitude, Perceived Ease of Use Scale, and Perceived Usefulness. The dependent variable measured was frequency of use of body-worn cameras during regular duty. All respondents who agreed to participate in this study received an anonymous online questionnaire, which was administered via Google Forms while on-duty at their respective police headquarters. An analysis within G*Power indicated that a total of 67 respondents were needed to provide an adequate sample, and 108 (N) respondents participated. All data received were analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) Grad Pack. There was no significant association between the overall ease of use of the body-worn cameras and its frequency of use (d = -.098, p = 0.062); the overall usefulness of body-worn cameras and its frequency of use (d = -.0.90, p = 0.058); and law enforcement officers’ gender and their frequency of use p = .365. There was a moderate, negative association between the years of experience and the reported frequency of use (d = -.529, p < 0.001). There was no significant association between law enforcements officers’ reported ease of use of body- worn cameras and their reported usefulness of body-worn cameras (G = 0.076, p = 0.384). The data represented a small sample of law enforcement officers from New Jersey who currently utilize body-worn cameras. This study provides information for future organizations that have yet to implement body-worn cameras, along with the current manufacturers, as a basic foundation to allow future research.
Douglas F. Compton Jr Dissertation