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2011-14 Body Worn Camera pilot

The Edmonton Police Service ran a BWC pilot project from October 2011 through December 2014, with operational testing in a variety of environments from October 2012 through July 2014, to assess its value and capabilities.

Throughout the pilot project, the EPS focused on analyzing and assessing not only the cameras’ technical performance, but also the legal considerations and usefulness in everyday policing and investigations. A public survey was also conducted to allow the general public and police officers to share their opinions and input on the technology.

At the time there were a number of concerns with the technology including data management and impact on complaints and use of force incidents. Since then, advancements have improved the technology and it is now better suited to operational and investigative needs. The full BWC pilot report can be found here.