The RCMP has unveiled new rules that will force police departments to ask permission from the public for video evidence to be published to CBC News.
A copy of the rules was obtained by CBC News and will be used in court hearings.
The RCMP’s proposed changes to its consent policy, which went into effect July 1, say any video footage that is obtained through a police investigative process must be disclosed in a timely manner and in a manner that “will not jeopardize the security of the public or the integrity of the investigation.”
The new rules were part of a broader police review of their consent policy.
RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson says the changes are meant to protect public safety.
“I’m very proud that we have finally made this commitment to ensure that video evidence, and particularly video evidence that is gathered through a criminal investigation, that we are protecting the integrity and the security and the safety of our communities and the public,” he said.
RCMP officials say the new rules will be made available for public review on Monday.
Under the proposed changes, police departments would be required to submit a copy of their proposed consent policy to the chief of police and the chief’s deputy.
The policy would also be shared with the public.
If a police department fails to respond within 14 days, a public inquiry would be opened to review police procedures.