Montreal rejects body cameras for police

Category : Canada News
Updated On : February 11, 2019 09:24 AM
By Indian Times Daily

As police forces across Canada weigh the merits of equipping officers with body cameras, the country's second largest city has ruled them out as costly and ineffective.

Alex Norris, chairman of Montreal's public security committee, says outfitting the city's 3,000 front line police officers with cameras is not worth the investment.

Montreal last week became the latest city in North America to decide against making the cameras standard police equipment. What has been described as a tool to increase transparency in the police force and improve relations between officers and citizens is "not ready for prime time" Norris said.

"Often, the cases when you would most want the video are the cases when you would be least likely to get it," he said in an interview, referring to the results of a $3.4 million pilot project that saw 78 officers wear cameras between May 2016 and April 2017.

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