Toronto Police hit the streets with Reveal body cameras
Two years after the death of Sammy Yatim, who was shot by Toronto Police officers on a streetcar in 2013, officers in Toronto have begun wearing Reveal body cameras in an initiative to promote transparency and safety for police and members of the public. The body cams are recording audio and video data that will later be uploaded to a central server at police headquarters, where it will be stored for one year.
The Reveal body cameras are being worn by members of the TAVIS Rapid Response Team, Traffic Services Motor Squad, Primary Response Unit at 55 Division and Community Response Unit at 43 Division.
Toronto Police Association President Mike McCormack says officers support any measure that will reduce stress and make their jobs safer.
"We need the public trust and policing trust to get our job done," McCormack told CTV News Channel on Monday.
McCormack pointed out that with the widespread availability of cellphone cameras, officers are already being recorded on the job. "All of our officers are used to being videotaped anyhow," he said.
Toronto Police are currently looking for feedback on interactions with officers wearing body cameras. Commenters are invited to share their experiences by emailing BWC.FAQ@torontopolice.on.ca.
"We believe body-worn cameras are a valuable piece of technology and will provide an unbiased, accurate account of our interactions with the public," Toronto Police Staff Supt. Tom Russell said on Friday.