Toronto Police Service moves forward with implementation of body-worn cameras

The Toronto Police Service is now rolling out body cameras to some officers in the city.

Starting Monday, November 30th, frontline police officers in 31 Division began to use body-worn camera technology during interactions with the public.

In a news release, the Toronto Police Service said it received approval from the Toronto Police Services Board on August 18, 2020, to move forward with Axon Canada in the delivery of Service-wide body-worn camera program.

Before deployment, every officer will be trained on the operational use of the camera and the associated governance, which include minimum penalties for non-compliance.

Body-worn cameras will be used when an officer arrives at a call for service, begins an investigation, or when asking a person questions for the purposes of collecting information.

A police officer will turn off the body-worn camera when the call for service or investigation is complete or when the officer determines that continuous recording is no longer serving its intended purpose.

Toronto police told Global News that after 31 Division, there will be a hiatus over the holiday season with 13 and 14 Divisions being the next to rollout the use of body-cameras in January.

Toronto police will have 2,350 body cameras when the program is completely rolled out.

To learn more about the body-worn camera program, click HERE.