Here’s how to help the RCMP catch crooks

Join Project Capture!

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

We’ve all seen cops catching criminals in the act on security camera footage. Cameras are out there, and they often come in very handy in investigations.

But the telling footage can take long, tedious hours and days to round up, let alone go through. So somebody has come up with a way to make it easier and quicker to find the vital images. It’s called ‘Project Capture,’ and its main proponent in Slave Lake is RCMP Const. Giulia (pronounced ‘Julia’ more or less) Dirisio. She’s pitched the idea to town council at least once and otherwise promotes it every chance she gets.

What’s different about Project Capture is people sign up, creating a network of willing contributors. When a crime happens in a certain area, police can go directly to participating property owners in that area, who can offer their footage (or not!). Dirisio says it would save a lot of time in canvassing blindly in neighbourhoods. Given that the longer it takes to identify perpetrators, the less likely it is they will get caught, this could come in very handy.

“Why wouldn’t people want to help?” Dirisio says.

Project Capture is just in its infancy in Slave Lake. It’s also being tried out in Red Deer and Parkland County. Dirisio says around 20 people have signed up in Slave Lake so far, but she’s hoping for a lot more.

Check it out at slavelakecapture.ca. Or call the RCMP detachment at 780-849-3999.

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