Original language of petition: English
Protecting the safety and security of Canadians and ensuring public trust in the RCMP are top priorities for the Government of Canada.
The public expects and should receive consistent, fair and equal treatment when dealing with law enforcement agencies. Increased trust can be achieved through our collective efforts to enhance accountability and transparency in policing, advance de-escalation techniques, reduce the use of force and strengthen the integration of public safety with the delivery of health and social services.
The implementation of body-worn camera (BWC) equipment is one initiative the Government of Canada and the RCMP are pursuing to help achieve these objectives. Body-worn video increases transparency in providing a first-person view of what a police officer encounters, oftentimes in highly dynamic and tense situations.
The administration of justice — including policing — falls under the constitutional responsibility of the provinces and territories. The provinces, territories and municipalities determine policing models and set policing budgets.
The Government of Canada and the RCMP are working with provincial, territorial and municipal colleagues, to respond to real concerns about how policing is delivered today.
The RCMP is committed to providing BWC to all of its police officers, and is currently determining which BWC system will best meet its needs in concert with contract policing jurisdictions.
On October 20, 2020, Public Services and Procurement Canada, on behalf of the RCMP, issued a Request for Information seeking input from industry providers on potential options, capabilities and available technology that would meet the RCMP’s requirements for BWC and for a National Digital Evidence Management System.
At present, the RCMP at National Headquarters maintains a small quantity of BWC to support the rapid deployment of this technology when requested by divisional operations.
After consulting with community members, territorial government officials and other stakeholders, starting November 30, 2020, Nunavut RCMP officers in Iqaluit are being equipped with BWC technology. This project will permit the RCMP and its officers and support staff to adjust to the use of the BWC, refine its policies and its abilities to effectively manage the data in support of the deployment of BWC across Canada. The Iqaluit deployment will help inform the broader Canada-wide initiative to equip front-line RCMP officers with body-worn cameras.
The RCMP is also working closely with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner so that deployment of BWC respects Canadians’ privacy. The RCMP is working with industry partners to ensure that a camera system and digital evidence management solution meets our requirements.
We will keep Canadians informed of our efforts regarding the broader deployment of BWC equipment as the information becomes available.
Only validated signatures are counted towards the total number of signatures.
|Province / Territory||Signatures|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||2|
|Prince Edward Island||2|