The Alberta Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have launched their voluntary surveillance program, CAPTURE, short for Community Assisted Policing Through Use of Recorded Evidence and Okotoks is participating in the program. This allows for Okotoks residents to take an active role in crime prevention by registering their security cameras and providing RCMP access to recorded surveillance for ongoing investigations.
The primary objective of the CAPTURE program is to create a mapping program of security cameras in the community, which are an excellent crime prevention tool. The program equips RCMP with the contact information of all participating citizens, enabling the RCMP to connect quickly with participants to check their cameras for recordings that can help with investigations. Individuals who take part in CAPTURE will be helping protect their property, their neighbour’s property and supporting the RCMP in keeping the community safe.
“The CAPTURE program adds another valuable layer to community safety in Okotoks, through community assisted policing with sharing recorded video evidence,” said Okotoks Detachment Commander, Staff Sergeant Zane Semaniuk.
The program is free to join and completely secure. All video and photo footage that is produced will belong to the security camera owner, and will only be shared with RCMP on a voluntary basis. In the instance that a participant chooses to share their footage, they will be provided a storage device where they can extract their data and then provide it to the RCMP at their convenience. The database of registered properties will be confidential and accessible to RCMP only. Registered participants can remove their profile at any time should they choose to no longer participate.
To register, residents can visit ruralalbertacapture.ca and for further information or to apply for the CAPTURE program, please contact the Alberta RCMP at 587-837-2289 or KCAPTURE@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.