Bylaw Enforcement

The City of Prince Rupert employs a Bylaw Officer who is responsible for bylaw enforcement within Prince Rupert. We have a full and detailed list of City bylaws online and at City Hall.

If you have a complaint regarding the violation of a City Bylaw, please contact the Bylaw Officer directly by calling:

Bylaw Officer

Phone: (250) 624 6852

Email: bylaw@princerupert.ca

 

 

Bylaw Officer Use of Body Worn Camera

 

The City is currently piloting the use of a Body Worn Camera (BWC) by the Bylaw Officer in select circumstances. Body Worn Cameras are recording devices designed to be worn on a law enforcement officer’s uniform, which can include glasses or helmets, but in our case, will be attached to the shoulder of the Bylaw Officer’s uniform. They provide an audio-visual record of events from an officer’s point of view. The high resolution digital images allow for a clear view of individuals, and microphones will capture conversation.

 

For the duration of the pilot project, the camera will be operated by the Bylaw Officer while responding to any call for service and during all enforcement related encounters or activities while working alone. This primarily applies when the Officer attends a private residence or business alone or when they are required to apprehend an at-large animal. The camera will not be on continuously while the Bylaw Officer is on duty.

 

The use of a BWC  is being taken to ensure the safety of the City’s Bylaw Officer and to provide pertinent information should a conflictual situation arise., It provides a way for the City to determine the accuracy of claims made against the Bylaw Officer, and as a means of holding Bylaw enforcement accountable for their actions as well as the publics.

 

Still have questions about the test program for a Body Worn Camera? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions sheet for further details.

 

 

Bylaw Vehicle

 

The City of Prince Rupert Bylaw Officer uses a Bylaw enforcement vehicle equipped with license plate recognition software – the equivalent of electronic chalking. The system uses specialized infrared cameras that are designed to take pictures of license plates, not people. The Dodge Van replaced the two aged vehicles used by Bylaw to enforce parking, animal control and general bylaw complaints.

 

 

The software allows the input of vehicle license numbers for pass holders at Rushbrook Improvement Area and other City operated parking lots. In this case, the software recognizes that these vehicles are permitted for this area and does not alert the Bylaw vehicle operator. A non-permitted vehicle will generate an alert that will require the operator to confirm a parking pass has been purchased.

 

In the case of a dispute the Bylaw Officer is able to generate a print-out that shows the map location of the first and second pictures along with such information as the plate number, GPS location, civic address, date, and violation.