Although multimedia data access will always remain an issue to researchers, this article argues that a lack of tools and methodologies for working with this data remains a barrier. As such, this article introduces a technique that blends the best practices of systematic social observation and event modeling for deconstructing body-worn cameras, or other recorded observational data.
The growth of multimedia and increasing archival of this footage by public safety agencies presents as a watershed moment in converting this footage into actionable data that can inform and improve public safety practice; however, despite the considerable volume of archival footage, there remains a profound lack of research leveraging this data. Incorporating an empirical example detailing the application of the technique, this article summarizes the value of this integrated technique, while providing guidance on different analytical approaches. (Published abstract provided)