Waterloo Regional Police Service Introduce Body Worn Video and In-Car Video Pilot

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The Waterloo Regional Police Service is announcing the launch of a pilot project to utilize Body Worn Video (BWV) and In-Car Video (ICV) technology.

The project will include the deployment of 70 body-worn video cameras and 40 in-car video systems out of the WRPS North Patrol Division.

“The pilot evaluation will determine the feasibility of deploying BWV and ICV programs across the Service while balancing privacy rights with evidence capture needs,” said Bryan Larkin, Chief of Police. “This is another step in our commitment to transparency and accountability during our interactions with the community we serve. We are excited to test this technology and weigh the impact on our Service, the judicial system, and most importantly, our community.”

WRPS anticipates the project will begin in June 2021 and operate until December 2021.

Incentives to explore the long-term investment in advanced video capture technology include:

  • Improving public trust through transparency and accountability;
  • Providing evidence for investigative, judicial and oversight processes;
  • Ensuring fair and timely resolution of complaints; and
  • Improving the effectiveness of procedures, training, and performance.

The pilot project was first announced during a Police Services Board meeting on March 10, 2021.

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Waterloo Regional Police Service
Public Information Unit
519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8188

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