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Moving beyond privacy and airspace safety: Guidelines for just drones in policing


Dolata, Mateusz; Schwabe, Gerhard (2023). Moving beyond privacy and airspace safety: Guidelines for just drones in policing. Government Information Quarterly, 40(4):101874.

Abstract

The use of drones offers police forces potential gains in efficiency and safety. However, their use may also harm public perception of the police if drones are refused. Therefore, police forces should consider the perception of bystanders and broader society to maximize drones' potential. This article examines the concerns expressed by members of the public during a field trial involving 52 test participants. Analysis of the group interviews suggests that their worries go beyond airspace safety and privacy, broadly dis-cussed in existing literature and regulations. The interpretation of the results indicates that the perceived justice of drone use is a significant factor in acceptance. Leveraging the concept of organizational justice and data collected, we propose a catalogue of guidelines for just operation of drones to supplement the existing policy. We present the organizational justice perspective as a framework to integrate the concerns of the public and bystanders into legal work. Finally, we discuss the relevance of justice for the legitimacy of the police's actions and provide implications for research and practice.

Abstract

The use of drones offers police forces potential gains in efficiency and safety. However, their use may also harm public perception of the police if drones are refused. Therefore, police forces should consider the perception of bystanders and broader society to maximize drones' potential. This article examines the concerns expressed by members of the public during a field trial involving 52 test participants. Analysis of the group interviews suggests that their worries go beyond airspace safety and privacy, broadly dis-cussed in existing literature and regulations. The interpretation of the results indicates that the perceived justice of drone use is a significant factor in acceptance. Leveraging the concept of organizational justice and data collected, we propose a catalogue of guidelines for just operation of drones to supplement the existing policy. We present the organizational justice perspective as a framework to integrate the concerns of the public and bystanders into legal work. Finally, we discuss the relevance of justice for the legitimacy of the police's actions and provide implications for research and practice.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Uncontrolled Keywords:Police, Law enforcement, Drones, Multicopters, Regulation, Justice, Legitimacy
Scope:Discipline-based scholarship (basic research)
Language:English
Date:1 October 2023
Deposited On:13 Nov 2023 15:52
Last Modified:30 May 2024 01:48
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0740-624X
OA Status:Hybrid
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.giq.2023.101874
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:24161
  • Content: Accepted Version
  • Language: English