Manitoba Funds Expanded Access to Law Enforcement

April 25, 2022 3:40 p.m. | News

Kelvin Goertzen speaks to the media at the Legislative Building in Winnipeg on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski)

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is expanding access to a pilot project aimed at increasing technological advancements in law enforcement across the province.

Connected Agent Pilot Program Helps Frontline Officers and Improves Service Delivery to Citizens, Says Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen.

“The pilot test of digital technology to assist Winnipeg Police Service officers has produced positive results, so we are pleased to support phase two of the project, including expansion to other police services in the province,” Goertzen said Monday.

“Giving officers the ability to perform work-related tasks digitally, such as officer-to-officer communication, statement taking or evidence recording, helps modernize policing responsibilities and better serve our communities.”

The program will enable police departments to adopt mobile digital evidence management technology to enable officers to take statements, upload video, photo and audio evidence and record notes digitally. The information is then stored using cloud computing, with information easily accessible from the app and via desktop or mobile device.

As part of the next round of COP program funding, Winnipeg Police will receive $375,000 to provide 150 officers with mobile access to police information and databases, digital notes and evidence capture capabilities , as well as digital evidence management and other applications for one year.

Depending on the success of the first phase of the pilot, funding will be expanded to provide other police forces with $375,000 in funding to be divided among them to meet local technology needs to better equip 150 of their officers in Manitoba communities.

COP will support the RCMP, as well as police services in Brandon, Winkler, Morden, St. Anne, Altona, Rivers, Victoria Beach, Cornwallis, Springfield and the Manitoba First Nations Police Service.

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