Tignish to pur­chase an­other sur­veil­lance cam­era

Coun­cil wants RCMP to make bet­ter use of sur­veil­lance equip­ment

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Re­cent van­dal­ism at Bi­cen­ten­nial Park and its new splash pad has prompted Tignish Town Coun­cil to in­vest in an ad­di­tional sur­veil­lance cam­era.

Coun­cil hopes to have it in­stalled an oper­a­tional prior to Hal­loween.

Mayor Al­lan McIn­nis in­formed coun­cil the cam­era, which a town busi­ness has of­fered to cost-share 50-50, will cost the town about $4,500. The vote to pur­chase the ad­di­tional equip­ment wasn’t unan­i­mous. Coun­cil­lors Lloyd Gavin and An­gel Mur­phy voted against the mo­tion, ex­press­ing con­cern the $35,000 worth of sur­veil­lance equip­ment the town al­ready owns is not be­ing used to its po­ten­tial.

Dur­ing a dis­cus­sion with Prince Dis­trict RCMP op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer, Sergeant Dar­rell Gill, ear­lier in the meet­ing, McIn­nis and coun­cil­lors com­plained of­fi­cers are not check­ing the cam­eras as of­ten as they should, sug­gest­ing the cam­eras hold ev­i­dence of­fi­cers could use in build­ing cases after in­stances of van­dal­ism and dis­tur­bances are re­ported. “How much are these cam­eras get­ting used now?” Coun­cil­lor Gavin in­quired, as coun­cil con­sid­ered adding to the equip­ment.

“Not as much as they should be, I’ll be hon­est with you,” McIn­nis re­sponded.

“It’s a strug­gle with the RCMP to get them to come in and do it,” he said, re­fer­ring to re­view­ing the in­for­ma­tion the cam­eras cap­ture. Point­ing to the $130,000 of equip­ment re­cently in­stalled in the park, the mayor said he is in favour of adding a cam­era. Coun­cil­lor Judy Mor­ris­sey Richard pointed out that when all of the play­ground equip­ment and other in­fra­struc­ture are added on, the value of the park is closer to a half-mil­lion dol­lars. “It could be a mil­lion dol­lars worth of stuff there, but if you don’t use the cam­era…,” Gavin re­sponded, let­ting his thought trail off.

“The cam­era is a won­der­ful idea,” said Mur­phy, “but, un­less the RCMP starts and makes prac­tice of us­ing it, we may as well just take our money and burn it.” There was some con­sid­er­a­tion given to sim­ply mov­ing an ex­ist­ing cam­era and leav­ing a de­coy at the original lo­ca­tion, but on a mo­tion by John McIn­nis, coun­cil voted 4-2 in favour of buy­ing an ad­di­tional cam­era.

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