Body cams – Vaudreuil-Dorion confirms pilot project and applies it to municipal inspectors


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Originally proposed for use by the Vaudreuil-Dorion public security department as pilot project, the town has decided to extend the practice to its municipal inspectors.

Because of the extremely positive results of the pilot project for the wearing of video and sound recording devices by the public security officers during their interventions, Vaudreuil-Dorion town council recently confirmed the continuation of the project in addition to extending it to municipal inspectors.

In a communiqué issued September 5, the town said the use of mobile cameras over the last six months has shown that interventions are being carried out in a respectful manner, both by municipal officers and citizens and that the recordings make it possible to ensure quality control of the services offered to the residents.

As Mayor Guy Pilon told The Journal in February, 2018, ““Sometimes we get calls from people who received a ticket and they tell us something happened with an officer. Then we would meet with the officer, they would tell us something completely different. This way if there’s a dispute regarding contradictory stories, the body cam will show what really happened. Otherwise, it’s one person’s version against someone else’s version.”

During a sensitive intervention, the municipal inspector as well as the officer of the municipal patrol will be able to activate the mobile camera, taking care to inform the citizen involved in the video and audio recording. A warning and flashing light will indicate such an operation. The use of the mobile camera is carried out with respect of the privacy and the protection of personal information. No images or sounds are captured from within a dwelling. The camera is, however, allowed in the parts of a building or on private land where the regulations provide access rights to the officer or inspector.

A blur software can hide any faces or other elements of identification that are not related to the intervention.

Records are kept on a server and accessible only to authorized people authorized. A citizen can ask to have access to the recordings that concern him. Good

The communiqué also states although the cameras are not initially intended to collect evidence, all recordings can be transmitted to the judicial or police authority upon request.

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