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Cam&eacute ;rare intervention: the’Association of Chiefs of Police wants to reassure the public

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Several police services police will now wear 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 good practices regarding the use of intervention cameras.

During a press conference, the BCACP, which represents approximately 9,290 police officers, explained that it had set up a special committee in 2021 to consider the use of intervention cameras.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">The aim of the committee is to find the balance between respecting the rights of the citizen and exploiting the advantages 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 held Thursday morning by the British Columbia Association of Chiefs of Police.

According to Harj Sidhu, Delta Deputy Police Chief and BCACP committee co-chair, the benefits of response cameras are numerous.

They provide greater 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 BCACP members, the use of intervention cameras can create 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 assured that the committee aims to establish trust between police officers and the people they serve. The BCACP vice president explained that the committee consulted with agencies and jurisdictions that will be affected by the introduction of these cameras.

This consultation made it possible to identify best practices, explained 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 throughout 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 face blurred in the event that the video should be used during legal proceedings.

The police must also warn the person when they are being recorded.

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

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