Iqaluit’s mayor calls for RCMP to use body cameras
“It is about the safety of everyone involved”
Iqaluit Mayor Kenny Bell announced today that he supports the call for Nunavut RCMP to wear body cameras, and he plans to raise the issue at the next city council meeting.
Bell now joins a growing list of public officials from across Nunavut, including Pond Inlet MLA David Qamaniq, Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson and MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, in calling for the police body cameras.
“It is about the safety of everyone involved,” said Bell in a news release.
“With this addition to the uniform, we will help protect the service members and citizens at the same time.”
The police in Nunavik have been running a body camera pilot project since January, which has been deemed successful so far.
Bell also stated that as president of the Nunavut Association of Municipalities he will be seeking a resolution on the topic at their next executive board meeting in a few weeks.
When asked whether this was related to the RCMP incident in Kinngait earlier in the day, Bell indicated the release was prepared last week.
The next Iqaluit city council meeting is on June 9.