The DRPS Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Pilot Project begins June 22, 2018 and members of the media took part in a demonstration June 13 at West Division in Pickering.
During the year-long pilot project DRPS will equip officers from two platoons in West Division, Regional Traffic Enforcement and members of the Festive R.I.D.E. team with BWCs. Approximately 70-80 officers will be outfitted with cameras. These small, audio-video recording devices will be attached to officers to provide a record of their interactions with the public.
"The DRPS has a long history of innovation and leading the way in exploring new technologies to improve community safety in Durham," says Chief Paul Martin. "Having already taken the step of moving to the cloud for some of our digital evidence, the timing is right for us to field test body cameras. In addition, Axon's commitment to provide the cameras, accessories and digital evidence service at no cost for the pilot is allowing us to take a measured, evidence-based approach to this important public policy issue."
Members of the BWC Project team explained how the cameras work and how the video will be captured, stored and utilized. Representatives from Axon Public Safety Canada, who are providing the cameras for the year-long project, were on hand to discuss the partnership and technical components of the cameras and the Evidence.com cloud based storage system.
"We are excited to continue working with a leading Ontario police service like Durham Regional Police," says Axon's Managing Director for Canada and Latin America, Vishal Dhir. "Communities in the U.S., UK and Australia are seeing great results from their Body Worn Camera deployments in a lot of areas beyond the typical transparency and accountability narrative. We're seeing targeted programs having positive impacts on addressing specific public safety concerns like IPV (intimate partner violence), faster prosecutions and greater efficiency for officers. I'm looking forward to seeing these positive impacts in Canadian policing."
For more information on the DRPS BWC Project visit our website.
For information on Axon visit their website.
Body Worn Camera (JPG file, 79.4K bytes)
Sgt. Bagg Discusses BWC (JPG file, 1,023.1K bytes)