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This article was published 6/9/2013 (1440 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
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.