After conducting a trial for a whole decade, the Ontario Provincial Police has decided not to continue with its experimental dashboard-mounted camera program. CTV News reports HERE that the OPP is citing costs as the reason for the abandoning the initiative.
During the trial, only some police cruisers were equipped with dashcams. These cameras recorded everything, including accidents, chases, run-of-the-mill interactions between officers and the public, takedowns, and much more.
The OPP admits that some recorded encounters have been used to improve the way the force handles certain situations.
So, just how much does this program cost? Back when it started in 2005, the price of a dashcam was $16,000 each, but those prices have dropped over the years to $6,000.
Equipping the OPP’s 1,500 cruisers would cost an estimated $10 milllion, money that the OPP is having trouble obtaining from the provincial government.
The OPP has indicated that they’ll consider a pilot program with body worn cameras, similar to what Toronto is doing (they’ve added them to 100 officers)
Do you think the OPP is making the wrong decision here? Should dashcams be made mandatory in all police vehicles to ensure that police are properly performing their duties? Do these monitoring devices add more stress to a police officer’s job?