That Coquitlam RCMP officer you see holding a radar gun may be a poster-board cutout

WATCH: Coquitlam RCMP is rolling out a new plan to crack down on speeding drivers. As Sarah MacDonald reports, the new enforcement campaign combines old and new techniques.

On Tuesday, Coquitlam RCMP welcomed Const. Scarecrow, who police say will be part of a new plan to crack down on speeding drivers.

“We need a police officer who was 24 hours a day, a police officer who doesn’t sleep, a traffic officer who never needs to eat and never asks for a raise,” Coquitlam RCMP Cpl. Michael Mclaughlin said of Const. Scarecrow.

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Const. Scarecrow, if you haven’t guessed, is a metal poster-board cutout of a police officer holding a radar gun that will be placed across the city.

Police hope most drivers won’t notice Const. Scarecrow isn’t a real officer and a two-dimensional image of a police officer may be enough to encourage drivers to slow down.

Driver behaviour will be monitored by high-tech devices that will be installed wherever Const. Scarecrow is on patrol.

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That data will be collected and crunched to determine if the initiative is working.

“We’re hoping it will , because the second phase of it, obviously, involves a police officer stepping out from behind ,” Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart said.

Costing $500 apiece, police hope the cutouts will be a cost-effective way to improve road safety and save lives.

— With files from Sarah MacDonald

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