The use of body cameras by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police was approved by the police union on Tuesday, but subject to certain conditions.
“We believe that body cameras will allow us to better understand the context, and that they will improve the level of transparency and accountability for the police and the citizens,” said Brian Sauvé, president of the Police Federation. national (FPN), Tuesday.
If the union of police officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) recognized that it was a useful tool in the collection of evidence, its president nevertheless wished to warn against possible abuses caused by the arrival of cameras.
“We are also aware of the very real privacy issues that are involved and we want to make sure that this new tool will not burden our members, hamper their work, or compromise their security. any way, ”he said.
The establishment of training to define the use of these devices as well as the assignment of civilian personnel for the management of videos and maintenance of the devices were also requested by Mr. Sauvé.
“Cameras should not be treated as a solution to the ongoing challenges of police services and cannot replace proven measures such as the allocation of adequate resources to police services and social services,” the union concluded.
After the support in June 2020 from Prime Minister Trudeau and the Commissioner of the RCMP, Brenda Lucki, the first camera pilot project was implemented in Nunavut last November.
Ottawa had also granted funding of $ 238.5 million over six years to promote the deployment of body cameras.