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Policing on camera

Sandhu, A and Haggerty, KD (2017) 'Policing on camera.' Theoretical Criminology, 21 (1). 78 - 95. ISSN 1362-4806

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On any shift a police officer might be filmed by some combination of public or private surveillance cameras, including the cameras of individual citizens, activists, journalists, businesses, and a range of police-controlled cameras. This loosely coordinated camera infrastructure is part of the broader transformation of policing from a historically “low visibility” to an increasingly ‘high visibility’ occupation. This article reports on the findings of a participant-observation study of how police officers understand and respond to this transformation. We identify three distinct orientations, and highlight the multifaceted and contradictory relationship between police officers and cameras. The study raises questions about the extent to which camera technologies represent a straightforward way to “police the police”.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Counter-power, policing, security, surveillance, synopticism, technology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Law, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2017 12:34
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 13:15

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