Public safety administrators have to deal with many different stakeholder perspectives. Their perspectives will be different because each stakeholder has their own interests. Citizen interaction has become a major part of law enforcements issues in todays policing. The citizens, whom are considered stakeholders of the public safety system, have a rather different perspective of the issues of body worn cameras than the police force does. Surveys have found that the police see fewer benefits from body worn cameras then the public does. Body worn cameras can be considered a wicked problem when it comes to the public and the police. Body worn cameras are believed to increase law enforcement transparency and accountability, and by proxy restore law enforcement legitimacy (Galoustian, 2018). However, increasing transparency and accountability through body worn cameras has had some negative affects within police departments, who are also stakeholders of the public safety system. It has been shown that the use of body worn cameras has caused a reduction in police morale and a lack proactive policing strategies. There are also issues with the privacy of the public, who are generally unaware that they are being recorded when dealing with uncomfortable situations. Along with the wicked problems that comes with the use of body worn cameras, there has been a consensus of positive interactions between officers and citizens and they generally make people feel safer (Chapman, 2018).
Chapman, B. (2018, November 14). Body-Worn Cameras: What the Evidence Tells Us. Retrieved from https://nij.ojp.gov/topics/articles/body-worn-cameras-what-evidence-tells-us
Galoustian, G. (2018, November 14). Study Reveals Police Officers’ Views on Body-worn Cameras. Retrieved from http://www.fau.edu/newsdesk/articles/body-worn-cameras.php