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Ontario adds $1 million in funding to closed circuit TV grant program for police

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 @ 3:38 PM | By Amanda Jerome

On Jan. 25, the Ontario government announced $1 million in funding through the Ontario Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Grant program to help “nine police services fund projects to replace outdated equipment, enhance current technology, and expand CCTV camera coverage in areas where gun and gang violence and correlated crimes such as drug and human trafficking are most prevalent.”

Solicitor general Sylvia Jones said, “CCTV surveillance cameras are an essential tool in helping police detect, prevent and deter criminal activity and keep Ontarians safe.”

“Tackling gun and gang violence requires all levels of government to work together. Ontario has stepped up to do its part, and we are pleased to support these locally led initiatives to help stamp out violence in communities across the province,” she added in a statement.

According to a government release, the grant program is “part of the province’s Guns, Gangs, and Violence Reduction Strategy.” The program was launched in 2020, the release noted, and “represents an investment of $6 million over three fiscal years (2020-21 to 2022-23).”

The nine police services benefiting from the finding announcement are: Barrie Police Service, Durham Regional Police Service, Gananoque Police Service, Niagara Regional Police Service, Nishnawbe Aski Police Service, the OPP Bracebridge Detachment in the Town of Gravenhurst, OPP Fort Frances, Toronto Police Service and Windsor Police Service.

Windsor police Chief Pamela Mizuno said, “securing the funds provided by the province through the CCTV Grant will allow us to work with the city to upgrade and modernize the traffic camera infrastructure in the city of Windsor while significantly expanding the number of intersections covered by the cameras.”

“The technology of the new cameras will provide high-quality video captures which, in turn, will result in access to an increased amount of valuable video evidence for our investigators. We are confident that this technology will have a positive impact on public safety and are grateful for the province’s ongoing commitment to guns, gangs and violence reduction,” she added in a statement.

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