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Posted on: July 9, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Body Worn Cameras and Enforcement Services

Body Worn Cameras

The Town of Slave Lake Peace Officers believe accountability is one of our key principles that helps us serve the community. To help ensure accountability the Slave Lake Enforcement Services have been wearing body worn cameras (BWC’s) since 2008. Its use, guided by mandatory and approved policy from the Department of Justice and Solicitor General provides an extra level of security our peace officers and it greatly assists in investigations and complaints against peace officers. It has proven to be a valuable asset to have. The Slave Lake Enforcement Services has complied good to know facts about the camera itself.

How do I know if I am being recorded?

A: When the officer triggers the camera to turn on and record, a round circle of the Axon cam will turn red and make a beeping noise. This alerts the officer and others they are live. 

What is the video quality like?

A: The camera records in high definition video. The video is very clear with a camera lens that provides a wide angle to catch as much of the scene as possible. 

Does the camera record all day?

A: The camera is designed to capture 30 seconds of footage prior to the officer officially pushing the record button. It’s designed this way to capture as much of the offence as possible. 

How popular is this brand and how durable is it?

A: Slave Lake Enforcement Services worked with the Calgary Police in getting the necessary background information on the camera. The City of Calgary field tested a number of different cameras under various different weather conditions and the AXON body camera held up the best. Axon Body Camera is currently used by the City of Calgary and City of Edmonton Police, Thunder Bay Police Service, and Durham Regional Police

Do officers need to inform me I am being recorded? 

A: No. Similar to in car cameras used by law enforcement services, these cameras are used for your safety, and the safety of the officer. If the person becomes aggressive with officers, they may choose to advise them they are actively being recorded however there is no legislative requirement directing law enforcement to advise the public they are being recorded. 

Do the courts recognize this device?

 A: Yes. These devices have been providing great video footage as exhibits into the courts for years and recently Crown prosecutors have commented how much of an asset it is to have these types of devices

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