Frontline, uniformed Barrie police officers issued body cameras for pilot project

Officers wearing body-cameras during the pilot project will issue pamphlets with information to a survey link to all investigative contacts that are recorded for their input and feedback.

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Barrie’s frontline, uniformed police officers are wearing body cameras as part of a pilot program that launched Oct. 13, and has been four years in the works.
The Barrie Police Service has been working since 2016 to implement body-worn cameras. After extensive research and work with other organizations across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, and a careful analysis of the results of other implementations, the service says it is ready to move forward with a pilot project.
“I look forward to the results of the body-worn camera pilot project and the benefits it will bring as a tool to support our commitment to community safety and our officers,” police chief Kimberly Greenwood said earlier in the summer. “We have been working on this initiative for a number of years and it’s very timely that we are ready to launch the pilot project as body-worn cameras have recently been discussed by a number of services.”
Cameras will be worn attached to the officers’ uniforms (usually on the chest) and will capture video and audio evidence during investigative police interactions. The video captured will provide visual evidence to be used in court proceedings, but will also contribute to transparency in our community. 
Officers wearing body-cameras during the pilot project will issue pamphlets with information to a survey link to all investigative contacts that are recorded for their input and feedback.  The information collected in the public survey will assist the Barrie Police Service in evaluating body-worn cameras in our community.
 An FAQ document is available online by visiting www.barriepolice.ca and addresses questions around when the cameras will be activated, privacy concerns, and how the information is stored.

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