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Abstract

My thesis is concerned with how law enforcement officers make sense of and use the new

visibility created by body worn video (BWV) and in-vehicle video (IVV) in the context of their

work. The data comes from a case study of a small policing organization in the Canadian

prairies. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews and observation. The study found

that officers are generally proponents of the two video technologies, acknowledging that the

benefits they provide are inextricably linked to certain difficulties and shortcomings. The

benefits of video relate primarily to how it can support officer testimony while discrediting

competing narratives; video can help dismiss unfounded complaints and charges against officers,

and provide highly credible evidence for certain prosecutorial scenarios. Concerns that officers

expressed about IVV and BWV relate to the amount of work required to maintain and use

cameras to their greatest potential, the limitations of the technology to capture or convey

important details, and the capacity to undermine officer testimony. This research suggests that

the visibility generated by IVV and BWV and effects thereof arise through the interaction of

organizational, legal, technological, and social factors.

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