Calgary po­lice to wear body cam­eras by end of 2016

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

CALGARY — Calgary po­lice say it’s ex­pand­ing the use of body cam­eras to all uni­form mem­bers. Since Au­gust, the ser­vice has been test­ing a phased roll-out of the cam­eras to Dis­trict 1 and Traf­fic to de­ter­mine how well they func­tion and how the op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures work in dif­fer­ent cir­cum­stances. It says it will pause the roll-out to other ar­eas of the ser­vice to go over what in­for­ma­tion has been cap­tured and lessons learned can be adopted. The po­lice depart­ment says all uni­form mem­bers on the front line will be wear­ing body cam­eras by the end of 2016 or the be­gin­ning of 2017. Po­lice say body cam­eras are ac­ti­vated when of­fi­cers are re­spond­ing to a call or come across an in­ci­dent re­quir­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but it won’t record an of­fi­cer’s en­tire shift due to pri­vacy is­sues, stor­age ca­pac­ity and be­cause ev­ery sit­u­a­tion does not merit the col­lec­tion of video.

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