Police chiefs from across the country will be at their annual meeting Monday and a big topic of conversation will be policing via the Internet.
As was evidenced by the ISIS sympathizer in Ontario last week, areas of crime have switched to the Internet.
President of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Bruce Weighill says, it is a complex issue
“It’s needed a lot more for an international world where the borders are disappearing,” says Weighill. “We’re seeing things to do with identity theft, fraud, and terrorism. Then for us to work around the encryption and tracking of these individuals, it’s getting more complicated every day.”
Weighill adds that chiefs across the country need to keep the lines of communication open.
“I think one thing that’s very important, we try to stress this amongst our chiefs, is that the chief should be the spokesperson on this, and not leave it to a media person,” says Weighill. “I think you want to reassure the public that things are under control and that they will be investigated properly and that the chief is on top of the situation.”
Weighill says it’s always a fine line between investigation and invasion of privacy when police work crosses to the online world. kb