NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — News that some NYPD officers will soon be headed to Los Angeles to study police body cams has raised some questions of the program’s effectiveness.
As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor Eugene O’Donnell has his doubts about the impact of police body cams, but he acknowledged they will likely become the norm.
“I think they’re inevitable. I think there will be benefits, but we have to weigh the cost also,” O’Donnell said. “We have a super safe city, mostly, but there are communities that need the police engaged. The cops will tell you they have a lot of reasons not to get themselves involved, and I’d be very concerned this will be another reason not to get themselves involved.”