Policy, Design and Use of Police-Worn Bodycameras in the Netherlands

Part of the Law, Governance and Technology Series book series (LGTS, volume 35)


In the Netherlands, police-worn body cameras have been tested and deployed since 2009. Their introduction followed after allegedly positive results of body camera practices in the UK. Although a body camera is single-purpose in the sense of functionality (to record the moving image), its places and types of use are multiple. This paper investigates the body camera in the context of surveillance practices in Dutch nightlife districts, being a part of a larger research project investigating surveillance in urban nightscapes. This paper aims to understand which meanings and practices of use of the body camera are articulated and how the body camera alters surveillance practices in these nightlife districts. What does this new surveillance artifact do in use practice and how did it come into being in the particular way it is now? To answer these questions, I will focus on three groups of actors that are involved in the development and use of body cameras in the Netherlands, being policymakers, designers and police officers.


Police Officer Public Space Police Work Function Creep Policy Demand 
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The author would like to thank all participants for this research as well as the 3 anonymous reviewers who commented on an earlier version of this chapter. The research that lead to this chapter was funded by by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (Mvi 313-99-140) and the VICI project “privacy for the 21st century”, ​project number 453-14-004.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT)Tilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands

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