Equipping the police with intervention cameras, a project put on hold in Regina

Equipping the police with intervention cameras, a project put on hold in Regina

Mayor Sandra Masters describes the device as an asset, but isn't convinced it's necessary considering the financial aspect.

The Regina Office of Police Commissioners is still trying to assess the costs and benefits of purchasing action cameras for its officers.

According to a report submitted to the Commissioners Office last year, the cost of just one of these devices is $2,700. In total, it would cost almost $1 million to acquire the cameras, and the annual running costs would be $1,290,000.

Regina Mayor Sandra Masters describes the device as an asset, but is unconvinced of its necessity when considering the financial aspect.

Mayor says Regina Police Service patrol officers have some of the heaviest workloads in the country. It would therefore be difficult to justify spending millions of dollars on intervention cameras, when we suffer from a lack of personnel resources, she says.

She also adds that Regina is still trying to catch up with Saskatoon with the launch in October of an air support unit, something Saskatoon police have had for several years.

According to Sandra Masters, the Office of Police Commissioners is still awaiting the results of a pilot project involving action cameras conducted in Saskatoon.

Capital Police Chief Evan Bray says there are already measures within police forces to ensure accountability, such as on-camera traffic, or the Saskatchewan Public Complaints Commission. He wonders, therefore, if it's worth spending so much money on action cameras.

Evan Bray adds that of the 100,000 interventions by the Regina Police Service, 100 were the subject of complaints, and less than 10% of them they would be true.

With information from Jessie Anton

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