The WPS believes it is the first police agency in North America — and perhaps the world — to test such a system.
When someone phones in to report a break-in, the officer will ask the caller to consent to a real-time video assessment. If consent is granted, officers will connect via mobile device with the victim, who will walk through the scene.
The project got an enthusiastic thumbs-up from the head of the police board.
Winnipeg Police Association president Moe Sabourin is leery of the creeping use of technology instead of people.
"What's next? Is it going to be assaults? You know, can we take a picture of your injury over the phone? Do you know who the person is? Do you have any video surveillance? So where does it end?" Sabourin said to reporters.
My first reaction is that I wasn't aware that police (especially in large centres) ever really put much effort into investigating property crimes like break-ins after the fact.
I like this comment:
Nope, sorry. Not using my phone to do the cops job for them.
And this one:
Why are the Winnipeg Police asking the victims of crime to do their jobs for them. From what I know the Police always encourage victims of a crime to never walk thorough a crime scene. You could taint or contaminate evidence and that should be left up to the investigators. If anything this sounds like the police are getting too lazy now. What’s next having a family investigate their own homicide of a family member. Who knows maybe they’ll be having citizens give themselves their own tickets while speeding in a school zone. Oh darn I might have just giving the WPS another idea.