Kamloops RCMP adding technology, including dash cams

Kamloops RCMP has a new inventory tracking system and is in the process of installing dash cams in police cruisers, the city’s top officer told city council on Tuesday during budget talks.

Kamloops RCMP Supt. Syd Lecky detailed two new technologies employed locally.

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WatchGuard, an in-car video system, is being installed in police cruisers. In 2014, the company announced a $20-million standing offer to supply the RCMP with in-car video capabilities across its RCMP fleet.

Lecky said he expects the cameras to provide efficiencies over the next year and also improve accuracy recounting events during larger investigations. He said the technology could have been beneficial during a recent investigation by the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. into a police-related shooting death in Rose Hill.

“We’ll be able to have a more accurate record and you can go straight to the facts and you can often times address some of the issues,” he said.

Meanwhile, the detachment also invested in a new WiseTrack system to track about 1,500 items, including firearms.

“There’s a number of efficiencies there in terms of not only physically tracking down items where they’re signed out to on a daily basis and weekly, monthly,” Lecky said. “But also in terms of our ability to meet calibration dates, things that we have to do to maintain the integrity of the instruments. A lot of our equipment, as you can imagine, you need to know where they are at all times because we are talking about firearms and various prohibited items.”

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