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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

In downtown Winnipeg, more police CCTV cameras will be placed

More police surveillance cameras will be deployed in downtown Winnipeg.

Key Takeaways:

  • It has been planned for some time and is not a reaction to the recent rise in violent crime, claims Inspector Gord Spado of the Winnipeg Police Service.
  • Sherri Rollins, a city councilor and the leader of the protection committee, believes that sponsoring programs to lessen crime would be a better use of the money.

As part of its closed-circuit television initiative, Winnipeg police install 16 cameras in the city’s center.

According to Inspector Gord Spado of the Winnipeg Police Service, it has been planned for some time and is not a response to the current spike in violent crime.

The city council previously approved the expansion program in the summer of 2018.

Finding the appropriate technology we wanted to employ for a Winnipeg solution was a factor. Still, COVID had another role in making some of the processes a little more challenging, according to Spado, who spoke to 680 CJOB.

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As a result of this plan, there will now be 25 cameras. At high-crime locations, nine cameras were put up in 2009, but according to authorities, several of those have stopped working altogether.

According to Spado, the soon-to-be-installed cameras will now have a 360-degree vision.

He claims that four homicides were solved thanks to the earlier cams.

Depending on the way the camera was oriented, a picture may be captured, according to Spado. Therefore, we will be more successful in recording with these new cameras.

More police CCTV cameras to be installed in downtown Winnipeg - Winnipeg -  News7h
More police surveillance cameras will be deployed in downtown Winnipeg. Image from News7h

Except in cases when significant police response is required, authorities will not be watching the cameras in real-time and will only use the footage in criminal investigations.

The chair of the protection committee, city councilor Sherri Rollins, thinks funding for initiatives to reduce crime would be a better use.

Rollins states this kind of community safety activity is “whether it’s Resource Assistance for Youth, which completed a lighting installation, or the Canadian African Muslim Women Association, which runs life skills classes.”

Source: CTV News

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