Social media, body cameras, and dash cameras are playing a significant role in promoting the increased safety and professionalism of criminal justice professionals. One of the longstanding problems facing the criminal justice system is police brutality. Body cameras and dash cameras have served as deterrence tools against police brutality. Since the police understand that the body and dash cameras are recording their interactions with civilians, they have to act professionally.
Additionally, social media has played a crucial role in exposing police brutality. When interacting with civilians on the streets, police now understand that an unprofessional interaction can be recorded by any person with a smartphone and get posted on social media. As a result, they have to adhere to due process when interacting with civilians (Hunt, 2018). Therefore, social media, body cameras, and dash cameras have played a major role in combating police brutality hence enhancing the professionalism of criminal justice professionals.
Social media, body cameras, and dash cameras are also altering the safety and professionalism of criminal justice professionals by serving as evidence collection tools. Body cameras and dash cameras record police interactions with suspects. The recorded video can be used in a court of law as part of the evidence. Moreover, criminal justice professionals can utilize social media platforms to collect evidence or build a case against a suspect. In today’s world, people tend to post their everyday life on social media. As such, police can use social media to gather evidence (Hunt, 2018).
Criminal justice professionals can also utilize social media to build robust relationships based on trust with civilians or communities. Improved relationship between civilians and criminal justice professionals renders the work of the criminal justice professionals relatively easier as they can get the civilians or communities to cooperate (Salter, 2016). Thus, social media, body cameras, and dash cameras are positively altering the safety and professionalism of criminal justice professionals.