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TPS marks one year in to implementation of Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Program

Broadcast time: 15:30
Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Unit: Corporate Communications
Phone: 416-808-7100

The Toronto Police Service continues to roll out its service-wide Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Program, with almost 70 per cent of frontline officers trained, or completing training, on the operational use of the body-worn cameras and related governance.

One year ago, in August of 2020, the Toronto Police Service received approval from the Toronto Police Services Board to move forward with Axon Canada in the delivery of a Service-wide body-worn camera program.

The cameras can be used to authenticate an interaction between officers and the public, collect digital evidence for court, and provide visual evidence for any allegations of misconduct. The use of this technology reinforces the Service’s commitment to building trust.

“Body-worn cameras can increase trust and transparency between officers and the public while helping us use technology to deliver accountable, modern police services to the community,” said Chief of Police James Ramer.

Sixteen hundred frontline officers from across 14 police divisions and Traffic Services have been trained, or are in the process of completing training, on the operational use and related governance, before being deployed with the cameras in the community.

Implementation is continuing across the Service over the next three months, with a total 2,350 officers fully trained and deployed by November 2021. The next divisions and units to be trained include Marine Services, Police Dog Services, Mounted Services, 41, 42 and 43 Divisions.

The Service worked with the Information & Privacy Commissioner, the Ministry of the Attorney General, the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the Special Investigations Unit, and the Office of the Independent Police Review Director, to develop a program that considers privacy, security, and disclosure responsibilities for the body-worn cameras.

To learn about the Toronto Police Service’s body-worn camera program and to review our procedure, please visit Body-Worn Cameras.

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Ashling Murphy, Corporate Communications, for Superintendent Michael Barsky