New system will monitor health of those detained by Halton police

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Published July 3, 2024 at 2:20 pm

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A new biometric health monitoring system will help ensure the safety of detainees in custody of the Halton police.

The system, implemented last month, offers continuous, real-time monitoring of vital health metrics, including the heart rate and respiratory rate of detainees.

The system is operational at the HRPS Central Lock-Up, located at 20 Division in Oakville, and provides alerts to staff in the event of medical distress.

“This technology not only enhances our ability to ensure the safety and well-being of detainees in our custody, but it also underscores our commitment to upholding the highest standards of care and responsibility,” said Staff-Sgt. Gus Bistas.

“By closely monitoring vital signs and health indicators, we can respond swiftly and effectively to medical needs, ultimately creating a safer environment for everyone involved.”

Using state-of-the-art radar-based sensors, this new approach reduces risk and ensures timely medical assessments for detained individuals in need.

Police have noted an increasing presence of potentially deadly narcotics such as fentanyl when taking people into custody and continue to look for ways to increase safety for everyone.

In 2022, the HRPS began making free lifesaving Naloxone available through Central Lock-Up to anyone requesting one.

Biometric health monitoring will work alongside existing care policies which includes in-person well-being checks for detainees at regular intervals.

The HRPS is among the first police services in the province to implement this technology.

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