Body-worn cameras have been implemented into a number of different law enforcement organizations as pilot projects throughout Canada, within the last decade. This new technology and type of surveillance for police officers has been a topic of interest and debate, they have the ability to increase police accountability and transparency, therefore decreasing incidents of police … Continue reading The Use of Body-Worn Cameras: An Analysis
In the media the harassment of women in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) by their male coworkers is shown as a massive institutional problem. It is not a problem restricted to one area or office, but has been happening across Canada for decades. When examining the culture of police, the ways the system could … Continue reading RCMP Gender based Harassment: Why and what happens now?
Dozens, perhaps hundreds, of law enforcement agencies (LEA) throughout the United States and Canada have made the decision to equip their officers with devices that capture video and audio recordings from a ‘first person-view’ of the wearer. They are commonly referred to as body-cameras (BC) in the media and have been featured on most, if … Continue reading Analysis of Video Evidence in the Criminal Justice System
Body cameras, and the never ending debate surrounding them, will always trace back to the relationship between police officers and the public. Historically, the relationship between these two parties has been relatively peaceful as when police emerged they were seen more as a group that kept social order, rather than a crime fighting unit (Monkkonen, … Continue reading Body Cameras and Police Accountability
The Elsipogtog anti-fracking protest against SWN Resources Canada in 2013 is significant for our understanding of policing and security. Specifically, in regards to the RCMP response to protests and how it relates to the militarization of law enforcement. It also reveals the pacification and racialization of Indigenous people in Canada, while questioning the police occupational … Continue reading Analysis of the Elsipogtog Anti-Fracking Protest and RCMP Response
The RCMP and other Canadian policing agencies like the Vancouver police have been accused of using a surveillance device called the Stingray. The Stingray device or International Mobile Service Identity catcher (IMSI) is an advanced surveillance technology that acts as a cellphone tower that attracts people’s cellular devices to connect to it. Upon connection, the … Continue reading Canadian Police Agencies Use of the Stingray Device and It’s Relationship with Society
During the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto, many residents of the city felt they had been betrayed, silenced, and voided of their basic human rights by the people who are supposed to be there to help and protect them- the police. When reflecting on the case- the rubber bullets, tear gas, mass arrests, the famous … Continue reading Toronto’s g20 Summit, Militarization and Lack of Accountability: Analysis