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