WINNIPEG – Next time you get into it with a parking patrol officer in downtown Winnipeg – be careful. You could be on camera.
City Hall is considering a pilot project that would see parking officers wear the cameras. It would cost about $210,000.
Colin Stewart with the Parking Authority says the cameras will make resolving complaints a lot easier.
“It takes a lot of time to investigate these right now because we have to get the citizen to provide a statement, we may have to go back for more information. The officer has to provide a statement, and you’re dealing with people’s perceptions. A camera is very objective. It’s video.”
Stewart adds that the idea will both hold officers accountable and protect them.
“We’ve had officers assaulted on more than one occasion and harassment does occur. What our officers have noticed during even just the basic testing of the off-the-shelf model, is that merely the presence of the camera changes the way people react. It makes the interaction more civil.”
The Authority has done basic testing but now wants funding from the Innovation Committee to acquire more industrial units that can withstand a Winnipeg winter.
Stewart says if and when they get funding approval, they will put out a bidding call for cameras in the next month or two.