Toronto police to begin wearing body cameras

Body worn cameras

Toronto police say they will begin using body-worn cameras this week.

Front-line officers in Toronto’s 31 Division will wear the cameras when interacting with the public.

Toronto police say that the cameras will be used when an officer arrives at a call for service.

The camera will  be activated when an officer begins an investigation or interviews members of the public.

Toronto Police Chief James Ramer said that the body-worn cameras are a tool police can use ” to create trust and legitimacy between officers and the public as we look for ways to modernize policing services.”

“This technology provides an independent, bias-free account of our interactions and reinforces our commitment to show communities they can feel safe and secure to enjoy their daily lives with the police,” Ramer added.

Last week, Peel Regional Police said their officers from the Airport Division began using body-worn cameras on Nov. 23 last.

Peel police pointed out that  the cameras will have live-stream technology, which allows medical professionals to help officers in real-time situations involving persons in crisis.