Durham Police to offer update on new body camera program after Pickering and Ajax rollout

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Published October 15, 2021 at 1:23 pm

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Durham Police will update the public on its initial rollout of body-worn cameras at Tuesday’s Police Services Board meeting.

Police in Ajax and Pickering just started wearing the cameras in September. Frontline officers in Clarington, Oshawa and Whitby will get their cameras over the next few months.

The program is estimated to cost over the region $4.4 million over the next five years, resulting in a quarter-of-a-per cent tax increase in the proposed 2022 budget.

The cameras are part of Durham Police’s Accountability Action Plan, a program designed to increase transparency. The plan also calls for increased anti-racism training and stronger diversity programs. A progress report on this plan is also on the meeting agenda.

Also on the docket is a presentation about police intervention in mental health calls.

The Durham Police Services Board is the civilian governing body that oversees police operations throughout the region. They hold regular public meetings to decide policy and budgeting. This one will be held at 8:30 a.m. on the regional streaming site.

 

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