Niagara Police getting $175,000 to install additional video surveillance

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Published September 20, 2022 at 11:21 am

As first reported by Insauga back in January, the Niagara Police are getting over $175,000 from the province to install more video surveillance systems, notably in St. Catharines and Niagara Falls.

It’s part of a larger GTA and Golden Horseshoe investment meant to help protect communities from gun and gang violence.

At the time, the province said, “St. Catharines and Niagara Falls have become hot spots for criminal activity as a growing number of Greater Toronto Area (GTA) gangs engage,”

“The expansion of CCTV capacity and coverage will help (the Niagara Police) to identify these individuals, gather license plate numbers and bring them to justice,” they continued.

Outdated equipment is being yanked to bring in current technology and install new surveillance cameras in areas where violent crime is prevalent, notably the downtown cores of both St. Catharines and Niagara Falls.

Niagara has recently see over $850,000 from the province put into their Human Trafficking Unit, $2.3 million in a school liaison project, nearly a million in a mobile crisis rapid response team and $2.5 million toward a new real-time operations centre.

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