Wednesday, December 7, 2016

RCMP to postpone use of body worn cameras

RCMP Canada - The RCMP announced yesterday that following an extensive feasibility study on the potential implementation of Body Worn Cameras (BWC) it will postpone a force wide implementation until such time as available technology can meet its specific operational requirements.

The potential implementation of BWC would require that the RCMP purchase thousands of units to be distributed in over 750 detachments. The RCMP needs to have confidence in the product and ensure that the choice of technology justifies the investment of tax payer's money.

Worn on the police uniform or as a mounted head piece the body worn camera is a recording device that captures police interactions with the public. Both video and audio are recorded and can be used later as evidence if required.

For the past three years, Contract and Aboriginal Policing (CAP) has been conducting research and pilot testing of various Body Worn Camera (BWC) models in RCMP divisions.

"As a modern police force, the RCMP recognizes the importance of constantly researching new equipment to be used in operational settings, and we will continue to assess new BWC technologies as they become available" said RCMP Deputy Commissioner Kevin Brosseau, Contract and Aboriginal Policing.

Meanwhile the RCMP will continue to work closely with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to ensure privacy considerations are assessed when body worn cameras are deployed in operational settings.

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