Body cameras approved for Wetaskiwin peace officers

Wetaskiwin city councillors approved during their Jan. 23 meeting a policy for community peace officers to be provided with...

Wetaskiwin city councillors approved during their Jan. 23 meeting a policy for community peace officers to be provided with a body worn video (BWV) camera to protect themselves and the public while on duty.

This follows a motion council made at a previous council meeting to table the policy, giving councillors a chance to read over procedures kept private for security reasons outside of public council meetings.

According to the meeting agenda, council and city staff looked to have a policy drafted because, “The Solicitor General is requiring that municipalities that use or intend to use Body Worn Cameras pass a policy for this purpose.”

Coun. June Boyda requested, pending approval of the policy, that statistics be brought to council showing how cameras are working in the community after the policy had been in effect for a while. She mentioned November, 2017 as an example of a good time frame.


READ the council’s debate on this issue:

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