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Body-Worn Cameras Introduced by Peel Regional Police


December 15, 2020
By Mario Cywinski

Photo credit: Peel Regional Police.

Peel Regional Police (PRP) is set to begin a phased implementation of a body-worn cameras (BWC) and a digital evidence management solution for frontline officers.

“As we continue to modernize our organization, our vision is to utilize available innovation and technology tools to enhance Community Safety and Well Being while demonstrating the professionalism of our frontline members. PRP has taken a leading role in introducing the concept and framework for providing real-time enhanced services, utilizing BWC live-stream technology,” said Deputy Chief Anthony Odoardi, Officer in Charge of Innovation and Technology Command. “These opportunities include utilizing embedded medical professionals in our real-time operations centre (RTOC) to assist frontline members in safely supporting persons in crisis. We also look to provide social supports in real-time that would otherwise not be achieved through traditional response models.”

The initial rollout and testing phase is at the force’s airport division at Toronto Pearson Airport.

“With the current pandemic, PRP intends to interact virtually to ensure meaningful and collaborative dialogue to help inform our processes and policies,” said Inspector Josh Colley, BWC/DEMS Project Lead. “This collaboration is meant to continue well beyond the initial test and rollout phase that is set to go live on November 23rd at our Airport Division.”

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PRP is also implementing a platform enabling the organization to handle large volumes of data in a secure and cost effective environment.   This will be the foundation for all other data systems. PRP will leverage data analytics, in order to inform police activities, with the goal of improving service delivery to those who live, work, and visit the Region of Peel.

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

Phased deployment of additional cameras, and related innovative support solutions, will begin in early 2021.  

 

 


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