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RCMP to start pilot project to equip frontline officers with body cameras

A pilot project is set to begin in Nunavut to evaluate the use of body cameras on RCMP officers.

According to the RCMP, officers in Iqaluit will soon be equipped with the cameras in order to gather information about best practices with the existing technology in remote regions.

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The Iqaluit deployment will help inform the broader Canada-wide initiative to equip front-line RCMP officers with body-worn cameras.

Right now, the Calgary Police Service is the only major department that equips all officers with cameras.

"Protecting the safety and security of Canadians and ensuring public trust in the RCMP are my top priorities. With the support of the Federal government and our contracted policing partners, I am committed to rolling out a body-worn camera program for all front-line police officers in the RCMP,” said Brenda Lucki, RCMP Commissioner.

Once the RCMP finishes gathering vendor information and secures funding, the RCMP will work with federal partners on a contract bidding process, anticipated early next year.

"Body-worn cameras provide increased transparency and accountability during police interactions, and this roll-out in Iqaluit will help the RCMP as it moves toward the introduction of body-worn cameras for front-line officers across the country,” added Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

The Mounties noted that the project is being completed with the prior consultation of community members, stakeholders and federal and territorial government officials.

The engagement also includes the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada and the Native Women's Association of Canada.



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