Winnipeg police are piloting new technology in an effort to respond quickly to victims of residential and commercial break-ins.
Using FaceTime (iOS) and Google Duo (Android) — depending on the platform — police can perform a video assessment of the scene to determine what resources may need to be dispatched to the location.
After reporting a break-in, a police officer will contact the person to gain additional information and ask consent to use a real-time video assessment of the scene.
There is no obligation for the victim to participate in a virtual assessment, but police say it can speed up the process in concluding whether investigative and forensic officers should attend.
The video sessions aren’t recorded and are only used for assessment purposes only, police say.
The pilot project is being funded by the city’s Innovation Strategy Program.