The subject of the study was Rialto Police Department (CA), a midsized agency with 115 sworn officers. Rialto has its own set of problems with a homicide rate that is 50% higher than the US average and 20% of its residents living below the poverty line. In short, it’s a place where police use of force may be more warranted than most.
Before we get into the nitty gritty let’s just establish the definition of police use of force. The authors of the study define its as “anything more than basic control and includes use of OC spray, baton, Taser, canine bite or firearm 1.”
Taser HD Axon Flex video/audio cameras
The study randomly assigned 54 frontline officers to either have no camera or wear a Taser HD Axon Flex video/audio cameras for their shift over the course of a year. At the end of the study 50,000 hours of police-public interactions were recorded and analyzed.