(Montreal) Fifty Montreal police will be equipped with personal cameras as part of a pilot project which will begin in the spring. The results of this experiment will then be a public consultation in the fall of 2016 to determine whether Montreal extend the measure to all its agents.
Mayor Denis Coderre confirmed that he endorsed the pilot project of the Police Service of the City of Montreal (SPVM), finding that the use of personal cameras could be “good for [his] forces”. If the measure is widespread in the United States, the city will become the first city in Quebec to develop such devices.
The steps for the purchase of tangible cameras begin in January, but they should appear on the field in spring 2016. The pilot project will be extended to eight months.
The cameras will be distributed to agents in direct contact with citizens, such as those assigned to traffic or to field interventions. Will be rotated between different services to have data for each of them.
The head of the Public Security Montreal, Anie Samson, believes that these cameras will better understand the circumstances surrounding the police intervention. “Today, citizens have their camera and film everything that happens, but it was all the time a part of history. But in life, there are always two sides to a coin, and these cameras will give us a vision of what is happening, “said the one.
Tuesday night, the city council rejected the opposition motion to hold a public consultation before implementation of the pilot project. Coderre The administration rejected the request, saying it was premature to proceed to a consultation and that the population would be called to decide at the end of the pilot project.
Anie Samson explains that “in the pilot projects that are made throughout the United States and Canada – in Toronto and Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton -, the results are not yet conclusive enough so that we know exactly what to expect the bodily cameras project. Before leaving in a generalized project must document it. ”
This pilot project should help to precisely answer several questions that arises Montreal about these bodily cameras. “You have to assess the costs. Do you want to store the data? How are we going to store them? Who will have access? These are all questions that must be answered in this project, “said Anie Samson. The Commission of Public Security, which includes elected officials, then plans to review the results of this experiment in the fall to determine the tags of this new tool.
The studies conducted so far have shown a marked decline in violent incidents involving police officers. Both the muscular intervention of agents that police brutality charges were dropped, several experiments have shown.
Public Safety Study
A committee at the Ministry of Public Security of Quebec has addressed the issue of fixed cameras, but its report tabled last week in Quebec has not been made public. The Ministry indicated that it was currently a “preliminary report, an internal working document.”
This committee included representatives of the National Police Academy, police, the Association of Chiefs of Police of Quebec, the Ministry of Justice and the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions. In the few details that have leaked on the work of this committee, its members took note of the recommendation made in June by the coroner Paul Dionne in favor of fixed cameras. In its investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Robert Henault, reached by a bullet during his arrest, the coroner had deplored the lack of detail in the reports prepared by the police. The use of cameras would have to clarify those circumstances.
Police officer charged
The officer Ray Tensing, police from the University of Cincinnati, was charged with murder after viewing the images captured by the camera body during an operation last July. The video analysis concluded that it had good reason to intercept Sam DuBose, who had no license plate on the front of his vehicle, but no justification to open fire on thereof. Hit in the head, man, who was unarmed, was declared dead on the spot.