The Society of Evidence-Based Policing presented its 2013 Award for Excellence in Evidence-Based Policing to Chief Tony Farrar at the 2013 Conference on Evidence-Based Policing at the University of Cambridge (UK) in July. The award is given annually for outstanding policing research that advances the evidence base in policing and informs police practice.
Chief Farrar’s extensive yearlong study evaluated the effect of body-worn video cameras on police use-of-force and citizen complaints. This randomized controlled trial represents the first experimental evaluation of body-worn video cameras used in police patrol practices. The findings suggest more than a 50 percent reduction in the total number of incidents of use-of-force compared to control-conditions, and nearly ten times more citizens’ complaints in the 12 months prior to the experiment.
In presenting the award, Chief Superintendent Alex Murray of the West Midlands (UK) Police and chair of the Society of Evidence-Based Policing said, “Chief Farrar’s commitment to conducting rigorous scientific research on a technology initiative has broad implications for the field of policing. Across the UK, for example, police forces have looked at these research findings and are planning to replicate the experiment.”