Police Body Worn Cameras: The Definition of the Situation (and erosion of?) Police Legitimacy

November 8, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm America/Toronto Timezone
140 McLaughlin College, Senior Common Room
77 McLaughlin Rd
North York, ON M3J
Vicky Carnevale
416 736-2100 ext. 33824


Police Body Worn Cameras (BWCs) are small audio-video recording devices worn on the uniform of front line police officers. BWCs were initially piloted in the UK in 2005. These devices have since spread across police services worldwide. In 2009, police in Victoria, BC were the first police to pilot BWCs in North America. The Toronto Police Service followed in 2015. Less is known about the use of BWCs beyond beliefs and assumptions; principal among these beliefs are enhanced police legitimacy, which largely concerns police attempting to maintain control over their public image in media as the legitimate authority. This presentation will explore how BWCs are portrayed in media and what insights this may provide about police legitimacy.

Christopher SchneiderCHRISTOPHER J. SCHNEIDER is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Brandon University in Manitoba. His research and publications focus on information technologies and related changes to police work. He has written or collaborated on four books and has published dozens of academic papers. His current book is Policing and Social Media: Social Control in an Era of New Media (Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). Schneider has received award recognition for his research, teaching and service. Recent recognition includes the 2017 Canadian Criminal Justice Association’s Public Education Award. His research and commentary have been featured in hundreds of news reports across North America, including the New York Times. [cid:462D5CE1-55D0-4294-ACD7-4CDEB771C62B@gateway.mts.net]

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Speaker: Christopher Schneider
Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Time: 12 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: Senior Common Room, 140 McLaughlin College

For further information, please contact Vicky Carnevale at: x: 33824 or vcarneva@yorku.ca