Pilot project for body worn cameras moving forward in St. Thomas
The St. Thomas Police Services Board has decided to move forward with research to equip St. Thomas Police officers with body worn cameras as a part of their daily uniform. The first step will be a pilot project in partnership with Axon and its subsidiary Axon Public Safety Canada Inc.
“The St. Thomas Police Services Board supports building public trust, community support and enhancing officer safety and public safety. This is an example of our clear commitment to ensuring we have an accountable police service to those who they serve,” said Chair Dave Warden.
Details including how many cameras will be required, digital storage requirements and management of video files remain unknown at this time. Costs involved will not be estimated until the information gathered during this pilot project can be analyzed upon completion.
“Body worn cameras will undoubtedly assist with improving the high-quality public service expected of police officers and enhance police accountability while at the same time increasing public trust,” said Chief Chris Herridge. “We have come so far in developing and strengthening relationships with our community, and in my opinion, body worn cameras will only boost our ability to improve the overall well-being of St. Thomas. We look forward to working with Axon and moving ahead as soon as possible.”
The St. Thomas Police Association (STPA) also supports the pilot project, noted Const. Scott Berge, president of the STPA.