Understaffed Yarmouth Police Service uses mannequins to increase their presence
When the underfunded Yarmouth, N.S. police service was told they would have to do more with less, department Chief Gerald Wynn decided it was time to get creative.
People see one of these things holding a speed gun and sure enough they slow down.- Chief Gerald Wynn, Yarmouth Police
"The local department store was getting rid of a whole bunch of mannequins" says Wynn, "I thought if we dress them up in uniform and place them around town it would be an inexpensive way of having a police presence."
In total there are 30 mannequins that "patrol" various locations in Yarmouth and according to Wynn the new program appears to be working.
"People see one of these things holding a speed gun and sure enough they slow down. When they are all decked out in sunglasses, gun and a believable wig - you'd swear it was a real cop."
Pat Kelly spoke with Chief Wynn to learn more about what is to be expected of the mannequins and where residents of Yarmouth might expect to see one.
[Originally aired: Dec. 11, 2014]