Did You Know? Researcher Tom Ellis Discusses Body Cameras


Thomas Ellis is a principal lecturer at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth. His areas of expertise include Japanese criminal justice, youth justice, prisons, prostitution, and race, diversity and criminal justice, where he sits on the Ministry of Justice's Race Statistics Advisory Board.

Until 1999, he worked for the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate and also had a two-year spell at UNICRI based in Rome. Tom is also an external member of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) Research Panel. 

His most recent work has been in partnership with Hampshire Constabulary, studying the effects of body cameras on policing.

His current research projects include:

  • Promoting justice: Professionalising frontline policing with an evidence-based Structured Interview Protocol (for Body Worn Video Cameras use). ESRC Knowledge Exchange grant 2105-2016. Co-Investigator to Fiona Gabbert, Goldsmiths (Dept of Psychology), along with Lorraine Hope (Dept of Psychology, Portsmouth) and Becky Milne (ICJS, Portsmouth).
  • Evaluation of Hampshire Police Force-Wide Roll Out of Body Worn Video Cameras 2015-2016. 
  • An evaluation of the introduction of personal issue body worn video cameras 2013-2014. Initial funding from Hampshire Police

Read more about the effects of body cameras on the Isle of Wight and the results of Operation Hyperion

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