Photographs, CCTVs and Other Cameras

  • Daniel Marshall
  • Terry Thomas


The police and other agencies take photographs and film of people and various activities; these images are retained for varying lengths of time. Cameras cover public areas and also the roads and highways. New technologies have enabled better images to be taken and smaller cameras to be used which can be worn on the clothing of police officers or mounted on flying drones. There is evidence that these developments have made a modest impact on crime levels and that when worn by police officers, video cameras make an overall improvement to police–public interactions. Concerns do remain, however, that databanks of photographs and images have been collated with the minimal of regulatory oversight, and this is an area that does require attention.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Marshall
    • 1
  • Terry Thomas
    • 2
  1. 1.School of LawLiverpool John Moores UniversityLiverpoolUK
  2. 2.School of Social SciencesLeeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK

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