Surveillance and Society
Surveillance; CCTV; Police misconduct; Public spaces
Drawing on a recent study of the impact of closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras on policing practices in a large English police force, this paper considers whether the presence of surveillance cameras affects the working attitudes and behaviour of individual police officers. In particular, this paper asks whether CCTV makes the police more accountable or more cautious in the exercise of their discretion in public spaces. Although noting that in certain circumstances CCTV may inadvertently help to reduce incidences of police misconduct, this paper concludes by arguing that more needs to be done to prevent the police from interfering with the operation of CCTV and gaining unauthorised access to potentially incriminating video evidence.
Benjamin J Goold, "Public Area Surveillance and Police Work: The Impact of CCTV on Police Behaviour and Autonomy" (2003) 1:2 J Surveillance & Soc 191.