Guelph Police Service starting body-worn camera pilot project
The Guelph Police Service has announced its body-worn camera (BWC) pilot project, set to begin Sept. 1 and to conclude in August 2021.
“In keeping with the 2019-2021 Guelph Police Service Strategic Plan titled ‘Moving Forward Together’, this pilot will explore if body worn cameras are an effective device to better serve the members of our community,” the service stated in a news release. “This pilot will measure BWC effectiveness in relation to employee and public perceptions, court outcomes, and Guelph Police Service efficiencies.”
A select group of uniformed police officers will be wearing BWCs during the pilot project.
The Guelph Police Service has partnered with Dr. Alana Saulnier, the Criminology Program co-ordinator at Lakehead University, who has previously worked alongside the Chicago Police Department as well as Durham Regional Police Service.
The Guelph Police Service says it will use the information learned during the pilot project to assist in deciding whether BWCs will become a permanent piece of equipment for all officers.
Check out our exclusive video with Dr. Alana Saulnier from our recent Blue Line Virtual Symposium here: