Starting Thursday, September 16, 2021, the Durham Regional Police Services (DRPS) will begin a phased deployment of Body-Worn Cameras (BWCs).
BWCs will be deployed to front-line officers in the Traffic Services Branch, and the West and North Division community police offices that support Pickering, Ajax and north Durham. Future phases will see deployment continue across the region, including Whitby, Oshawa and Clarington, said a DRPS statement.
“The rollout follows a year-long pilot project to determine the value of BWCs to the DRPS, our partners and the community regarding evidence collection, trust, transparency, accountability and service effectiveness. Following that project, which included community engagement, the BWC program was endorsed by the Police Services Board and received funding approval from Durham Regional Council. A comprehensive training program was then implemented to prepare for this deployment,” it said.
The DRPS invites anyone with any concerns or questions to contact the BWC office at BWC@drps.ca.