No Body Worn Cameras for RCMP
Prince George, B.C. – The RCMP will not be issuing body cameras for officers to wear on duty, at least not yet.
The RCMP had conducted a feasibility study on adding Body Worn Cameras to the gear a Mountie must wear, but the RCMP say the available technology doesn’t meet its operational requirements. Specifically, the RCMP say “the current technology poses several challenges such as limited battery life and lack of camera durability.”
“As a modern police force, the RCMP recognizes the importance of constantly researching new equipment to be used in operational settings, and we will continue to assess new BWC technologies as they become available” said RCMP Deputy Commissioner Kevin Brosseau, Contract and Aboriginal Policing.
If the RCMP ever decide to make the move to body worn cameras, thousands of units would have to be purchased for distribution to 750 detachments “The RCMP needs to have confidence in the product and ensure that the choice of technology justifies the investment of tax payer’s money” reads a release from the RCMP.