University of Alberta, Canada
Ajay Sandhu is a PhD student in the Sociology department at the University of Alberta. His interests include surveillance, visibility, and social interaction. His current research focuses on the surveillance of police officers, and examines how changes in visibility influence police behaviour training, policy and culture. On any shift an officer can be recorded by a combination of private or public cameras, including the cameras of citizens, journalists, social activists, private businesses, as well as a series of police-controlled cameras. To study how police officers experience this surveillance, Ajay has completed a participant-observation study with police organizations in an urban Canadian city. His findings raise questions about the notion that cameras can be used to effectively “police the police”, and address the benefits and strategic advantages of being filmed.
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