Valerie Plant says no to cameras for police officers

Valérie Plante dit non aux caméras pour les policiers

Photo: Graham Hughes Archive The canadian Press
Valerie Plant does not dismiss the idea of opting for such cameras in a longer time horizon.

Valerie Plant announced Wednesday morning that his administration was abandoning the deployment of hand-held cameras for all police officers in montreal. The mayor has relied on the cost of such a project and technological issues to justify his decision.

“At this time, we’re not going to go forward with the portable cameras. It is sure that the argument of which much is made state, it is the one of financial costs. You can’t sweep it under the rug. It is a major investment. But the investment could be worth it if we guarantee that the technology is at an appointment and that she would be able to increase the sense of security, explained the mayor at the weekly meeting of the executive committee Wednesday morning. But this is not the case. The technology is not at the rendezvous. “

She recalled that other cities in the world had abandoned these cameras in because of costs.

Last Friday, the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) had submitted to the public safety Commission’s report on the pilot project in 2016 and 2017. In the framework of this pilot project, 78 patrol boats of the POLICE had been wearing cameras in the field. The SPVM has, however, ruled that the experiment was not conclusive.

The SPVM had an estimated 24-million-per-year costs of the deployment of cameras to 3,000 police officers, in addition to the amount of 17 million over five years required for the implementation of the project.

Valerie Plant does not dismiss the idea of opting for such cameras in a longer time horizon. She indicated that the POLICE would continue its ” technology watch “.

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