Following rigorous testing the Calgary Police Service will be expanding the use of body worn cameras to all front line members.
Since August, the Service has been testing a phased roll out of the cameras to determine how well they function and how the operating procedures work in different circumstances.
Throughout this process, policy and training has also been enhanced allowing officers to capture evidence, enhance public and officer safety, as well as provide transparency to the public.
It is anticipated that all uniformed front line members will be wearing body worn cameras by the beginning of 2017.
In a recent survey, 91 per cent of polled Calgarians said they were supportive of officers using the cameras with 88 per cent saying it will enhance transparency and 95 per cent saying they will increase officer accountability.
Body worn cameras are activated when officers are responding to a call or come across an incident requiring investigation.
Recognizing privacy issues, storage capacity and the fact that every situation does not merit the collection of video, the body worn cameras will not be recording an officer’s entire shift.
In the coming months, the Service will be embarking on public education and awareness campaign to ensure Calgarians are aware that when they are interacting with a uniformed officer of the Calgary Police Service, there is a possibility that the interaction is being captured.