Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

2014 Edition
| Editors: Gerben Bruinsma, David Weisburd

Video Technology and Police Interrogation

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_258


The audio-visual recording of police interviews with suspects provides a good example of several important issues in the relationships between technology and policing. Beyond matters of technological development and deployment, this entry notes the social and political reception by police of new technology; the relevance of the social meanings of technology as a potential solution to policing problems; problems which are raised by over-reliance on technological solutions; and problems in the social reading of images produced by audio-visual technology.

Key Issues

Technological Development and Deployment

The recording of questioning has a long history before introduction of the electronic recording which is the focus of this entry. In the thirteenth century, technologies (record-keeping procedures, synopses, archives, and indices) were developed by those responsible for the Inquisition along with bureaucracies to store and retrieve records of procedures, hearings, admissions,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia