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Community Surveillance of Police Citizen Encounters: Canadian Police Officers in YouTube
This study explores the portrayals of Canadian police officers and the nature of community surveillance techniques of bystanders by examining a sample of YouTube videos. An exploratory content analysis of these videos allowed for identification of themes in police conduct and police portrayal. Trends in community surveillance, including bystander conduct and influence, have also been identified. Interview research was conducted with four Canadian police officers to compliment previous findings. Interview participants established that Canadian police officers have similar perspectives towards community surveillance and social media. Finally, statistical analysis of YouTube video data allowed for the exploration of viewer reception to videos in the sample. This multi-methodical research surrounding the topic of community surveillance of police-citizen encounters allows for an extensive understanding of Canadian police portrayal in YouTube, and how community surveillance, bystander influences, and social media impact the field of policing.
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Social and Behavioral Sciences