Cobourg police board seeks public input on use of body cameras

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Charges of racism and police violence have renewed calls in Canada for frontline officers to wear body cameras. The debate is taking place across the country. From the RCMP to Toronto’s police, Indigenous groups and Black Lives Matters are calling for officers to wear video recording devices on their chests.

The longtime debate over the need to wear body cameras is coming to Cobourg. As part of its technology and innovation strategy, the Police Services Board wants your opinion. It is undertaking a survey, along with other public events, to find out if it is needed in the town.

Police Services Board chair Dean Pepper explains.

If you can’t fill it out online, there are other ways.

The cameras could be risky for officers who become self-conscious and hesitate in a dangerous situation

Advocacy groups argue body cameras help identify racist behaviour. Is this a problem in Cobourg?

What are the actual statistics?

Cynics may think this is just an effort to be politically correct or a cosmetic change.

The board encourages residents to respond to the survey.

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