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.
A quote from Harj Sidh, Deputy Chief, Delta Police
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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