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Procedural justice concerns and support for BWCs: turning the lens to officer perceptions

Alana Saulnier (Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Lakehead University – Orillia Campus, Orillia, Canada)
Ermus St Louis (University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA)
William McCarty (Department of Criminology, Law and Justice, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Policing: An International Journal

ISSN: 1363-951X

Article publication date: 30 May 2019

Issue publication date: 22 July 2019




The purpose of this paper is to explore factors that drive officer support for body-worn cameras (BWCs).


Results of an officer perceptions survey completed as part of an evaluation of the Chicago Police Department’s BWC project are presented. The influence of treatment- and outcome-oriented justice concerns on officer support for BWCs is explored with a variety of covariates.


Outcome-oriented concerns are a significant predictor of officer support for BWCs, while treatment-oriented concerns are not.

Practical implications

The research enhances understandings of the applicability of procedural justice theorizing in policing generally, and offers direction important to the meaningful use of BWCs.


This finding runs counter to dominant relational models of procedural justice that concentrate on the perspective of subordinates, but lends support to arguments advocating the centrality of role (authority vs subordinate) in the formation of justice evaluations.



Saulnier, A., St Louis, E. and McCarty, W. (2019), "Procedural justice concerns and support for BWCs: turning the lens to officer perceptions", Policing: An International Journal, Vol. 42 No. 4, pp. 671-687.



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