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The potential of Augmented Reality Glasses in the Practice of Street Policing: an Experimental Study among Dutch (Mounted) Police Officers

Hoevers, Myrthe (2021) The potential of Augmented Reality Glasses in the Practice of Street Policing: an Experimental Study among Dutch (Mounted) Police Officers.

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Abstract:Augmented Reality (AR) is a technique that adds information from a computer to the ‘real’ world through, for example, AR glasses. This innovative technology may take intelligence-led policing to the next level. The objective of this study was to research whether police officers would accept AR glasses in the practice of street policing. Further, this study sought to answer what psychological factors may affect technology acceptance among police officers. Hence, psychological processes characteristic for field policing have been the focus of this study, which included: risk perception, subjective norms, and perceived stress. To examine this, a field experiment was organised during the summer of 2020. During the experiment, a sample of street police officers and mounted police (N= 75) tested the AR glasses. Based on the findings, it can be concluded that mainly the risk perception and subjective norms play an important role in the acceptance of the AR glasses, as opposed to perceived stress. It was found that both the street police officers and mounted police officers were enthused by the possibility of working with the AR glasses. Particularly the mounted police officers thought the AR glasses would be useful for them because they operate nationwide. To conclude, a number of preconditions have been outlined that underlie the acceptance of AR glasses for policing.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Clients:
The Dutch Police Academy, the Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/86103
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