Video Release Post Officer Involved Critical Incidents




Griffith, Tim

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Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT)



The environment in the United States in this day and age is suspicious of law enforcement. This is due to a lack of understanding of how law enforcement entities conduct business, along with the spread of inaccurate news and information. These factors have created a perception that law enforcement entities lack legitimacy in the eyes of the citizens who empower those entities to protect and serve the nation. Law enforcement entities can help combat that perception by being as transparent as possible in as timely a manner as possible. If information about officer involved critical incidents is disseminated as accurately and quickly as possible after these incidents, then much of the misperception created by media sources can be avoided. This will increase the perception of legitimacy in the eyes of the public. Therefore, law enforcement agencies should release videos of officer involved critical incidents as soon as practical after the incident occurs.


Police and mass media, Police-community relations