No public shaming by police in Kamloops
The Winnipeg Police Service announced last month it will be employing a unique tactic in an effort to decrease the number of drunk drivers on the streets of the Manitoba capital — public shame.
In late December, police in Winnipeg said they would post to the Internet the names of every person charged with impaired-driving offences during road checks between Christmas and New Year’s.
But don’t expect to see similar measures in place in the Tournament Capital any time soon.
“No, there is nothing in the works to do that here,” Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned told KTW.
“It’s never been the practice of the RCMP to post names of individuals charged with a crime.
“The forum in which that’s posted is at the court registry.”
Even if the local detachment wanted to, Learned said, it wouldn’t be allowed to post or release the names of charged drunk drivers, as police in Winnipeg are doing.
“That is something that would have to be managed and approved at a national level,” he said.
“Those types of initiatives would have to first be approved by Ottawa.”
It’s not the first time the Winnipeg Police Service has released the names of alleged drunk drivers in an attempt to keep the streets safe.
Last year, they released the names of every person charged with impaired-driving offences as they were charged.
This year, they plan to post