Vancouver Mayor Gregor Roberton says he is going to ask the police department whether it uses a controversial cell phone tracking system.
The VPD has drawn fire for neither confirming nor denying whether its officers use StingRay, which “spoofs” cell phone towers to divert calls and record them.
Robertson, who chairs the police board, says the board provides civilian oversight and is not responsible for police operations.
“I’m not familiar with that equipment. I’ll certainly raise it at a police board meeting upcoming to find out what is taking place, but I know the VPD does not do random surveillance of people and cell phone conversations.”
The VPD has said police agencies generally don’t provide information about investigative techniques or tactics.
The Pivot Legal Society says proper oversight is essential, if police are using StingRay.
The next police board meeting is Nov. 26.