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Intervention cameras: the Association of Chiefs of Police wants to reassure the public

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Several police departments will now carry intervention cameras.

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The British Columbia Association of Chiefs of Police (BCACP) says it has worked to develop a framework to define best practices for the use of emergency cameras.

During a press conference, the BCACP, which represents approximately 9,290 police officers, explained that it had established a committee in 2021 special tasked with considering the use of intervention cameras.

The objective of the committee is to find the The balance between respecting citizen rights and exploiting the benefits of technology, explains Anita Furlan, vice-president of the BCACP.

Thursday's press conference took place as nearly a hundred Vancouver police officers have been equipped with this type of camera since last week. This deployment took place as part of a pilot project.

The technology could also be deployed to officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

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RCMP Chief Superintendent Holly Turton, also co-chair of the BCACP committee, said the RCMP will begin deploying intervention cameras later this year. Between 10,000 to 15,000 cameras will be deployed in the country.

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A press conference was hosted Thursday morning by the British Columbia Association of Chiefs of Police.

According to Harj Sidhu, Delta deputy police chief and co-chair of the BCACP committee, the benefits of response cameras are numerous.

They make it possible to offer more transparency to the public. They protect agents, avoid the escalation of high-risk conflicts and have a positive impact on the resolution of cases. They also make it possible to collect evidence in the context of legal proceedings and are also a good tool for training.

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According to members of the BCACP, the use of intervention cameras can give rise to a feeling of concern among citizens. A demand for transparency has clearly been requested by the public. […] As police officers, we hear it, explained Holly Turton.

Anita Furlan She assured that the committee aims to establish trust between police officers and the people they serve. The BCACP Vice President explained that the committee has consulted with agencies and jurisdictions that will be affected by the introduction of these cameras.

This consultation made it possible to identify best practices, said Holly Turton. A standard practice has been defined, in line with those of the provincial police, to ensure that the use made of intervention cameras is the same everywhere in the province.

For example, individuals who are not linked to an incident, but whose images and sound were captured during a police intervention, will have their faces blurred in the event that the video should be used during a legal proceeding.

The police will also have to notify the person when they will be recorded.

The RCMP has produced a user guide to guide officers on how cameras should be used, Holly Turton warned. This guide is available to the public on the RCMP website.

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