Peel Police equips frontline officers with body-worn cameras

Nov 20 2020, 10:45 am

Peel Police are getting ready to roll out a “phased implementation” of body-worn cameras for all their frontline officers.

In an effort to equip officers with “the necessary tools” and improve “efficiency and effectiveness,” Peel Regional Police is providing officers with updated resources by “leveraging both existing and new innovative technologies,” according to the news release.

The body-worn cameras and digital evidence management solution is the first step.

The first to equip the body-worn cameras is the force’s Airport Division starting November 23, according to Inspector Josh Colley, BWC/DEMS Project Lead.

“We’re pleased that Peel Regional Police has chosen Toronto Pearson as the first location for the testing of body-worn cameras,” said Dwayne MacIntosh, Director, Corporate Safety and Security at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA).

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“Our shared focus on collaboration for a safer airport experience, combined with the GTAA’s concentration on implementing the latest innovations, makes the airport the perfect place to introduce this technology.”

According to Deputy Chief Anthony Odoardi, Officer in Charge of Innovation and Technology Command, the cameras will be able to live-stream, allowing medical professionals to help frontline workers in real-time during a moment of crisis.

“We also look to provide social supports in real-time that would otherwise not be achieved through traditional response models,” added Odoardi.

“The PRPA is excited for the body worn camera project as this technology will be yet another tool showcasing our officers’ continued dedication and professionalism throughout the Region of Peel,” said Peel Regional Police Association President Adrian Woolley.

The Peel force joined Toronto Police in implementing body-worn cameras, which had done so back in August 2020.

The phased deployment of additional cameras, and related innovative support solutions, will commence in early 2021.

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