Media Release. Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

The South Simcoe Police Service is launching a Body-Worn Camera Pilot Project and wants your feedback

(Innisfil/Bradford, ON) The implementation of body-worn cameras (BWC) continues to expand in police agencies across the country and the South Simcoe Police Service has launched a pilot project to assess the viability of using BWCs as part of their day to day operations.

The pilot project will see sixteen front line officers outfitted with BWCs from May 6 to August 31, 2022 and will include a survey to gain insight on public knowledge and perceptions of BWCs. The questionnaire has been developed to hear the community’s opinions on the use of BWCs in terms of police accountability, community safety, and privacy.

The information collected through the survey will assist the police service in evaluating body-worn cameras in our communities and gauge the perceptions, beliefs and concerns of our residents. The results will be shared at a future meeting of the Bradford West Gwillimbury/Innisfil Police Services Board and with the public.

Quote – Chief Andrew Fletcher: “The use of BWCs is growing but before we make any long term commitments to use these on a day to day basis it is crucial that we hear from our residents about the use of body-worn cameras. Public insight can assist the police service and the Police Services Board to direct further discussions regarding the benefits, limitations and costs associated with the technology.”

The survey will be open from May 6 to August 31, 2022. Participation is anonymous and voluntary; participants have the option to answer all questions or some questions, and can leave the survey at any time.

For media inquiries please contact Staff Sergeant Lou DaSilva at 905-775-3311 extension #1028.

To participate in the survey click here.

Body-Worn Camera Public Opinion Survey

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