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V13 Policetech Accelerator Launches Policetech tested badge

March 8, 2023  By Blue Line Staff

Mar. 8, 2023, Cobourg, Ont. – The V13 Policetech Accelerator, a joint initiative of the Cobourg Police Service and NCFDC, has launched its Policetech Tested badge. This program is said to align with the Accelerator’s Pilot Stream activities, where testing and validation of new technologies happens in real-world scenarios.

The badge’s theme, Tested By Police – For Police, is said to highlight the mandate of putting new and innovative technologies and solutions into the hands of police, leveraging a highly controlled and documented process to validate early-stage technologies for future applications in policing. The goal is to provide assurance the products awarded the badge achieved a high level of quality, durability, functionality and applicability.

“The Policetech Tested badge is the conceptual outcome of our work with the Cobourg Police Service over the last few years at Venture13, bringing together entrepreneurs and police professionals to inform the product design and development process,” said Wendy Curtis, Executive Director at NCFDC. “With this badge we are now able to formally validate the results of actual field testing with a highly visible and definitive mark, and encourage even more open collaboration and engagement through our Policetech accelerator.”

“It is crucial that police services can access reliable technologies, and innovations tested and evaluated against the rigours of day-to-day police operations,” said Chief of Police Paul VandeGraaf. “The Policetech Tested badge represents a specific standard met by new technologies based on real-world testing, piloting, or demonstrations. Providing a level of assurance in the technology.”


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