Pilot Project Results
In February 2014, the Body-Worn Camera pilot project was initiated to test, evaluate, and report on equipping frontline officers with a body-worn camera. This initiative aligned with the Service’s commitment to maintain public trust, to provide professional and unbiased policing, and to be a world leader in providing police services.
During the pilot project the Service consulted with numerous stakeholders, including but not limited to; the Information and Privacy Commission of Ontario (I.P.C.), the Ontario Human Rights Commission (O.H.R.C.), and the Ministry of the Attorney General (M.A.G.) to address potential privacy, human rights and evidentiary issues associated with the use of the body-worn cameras.
Eighty-five officers from a cross-section of units were selected to participate in the pilot.
Throughout the pilot surveys were mailed to 45,000 members of the community using random postal codes, of which 7,540 responded. Further to these random surveys, 4,285 members of the community who experienced “law enforcement contact” during the project were mailed questionnaires on their experience with the cameras; 427 of those residents responded back to the questionnaire.
From these surveys and questionnaires, 94% of members of the community endorsed the use of the body-worn camera technology. Of the 85 officers involved in the pilot, 85% of them also endorsed the use of the cameras.
The pilot project ended on March 29, 2016. It was reviewed and service-wide implementation of body-worn cameras was recommended.