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Police board requests research for body-camera on officers

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The new Winnipeg Police Board wants the Winnipeg Police Service to research the idea of placing video cameras on police officers -- an idea that's already part of the city's long-term spending plans.

Winnipeg's capital budget forecast calls for the city to spend $1 million on an "officer mobile video system" – essentially, wearable videocameras – in 2016.

At Friday’s police board meeting, St. James-Brooklands Coun. Scott Fielding -- who chairs the board – convinced his colleagues to request the police service to look at conducting a pilot project earlier.

Fielding said the cameras could make police more efficient. Winnipeg Police Chief Devon Clunis, however, said the costs of operating the cameras may be much higher than $1 million.

Winnipeg Police Association president Mike Sutherland said a fear of being video-recorded may deter Winnipeggers from offering tips to police.

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Updated on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 1:03 PM CDT: Updates with more information from Fielding

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